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How Do I Know If I’m Pregnant?

You can become pregnant if you’re having sex, even if you’re using some form of birth control. Here are some signs and symptoms of pregnancy:

  • Missed period (more than two weeks late) if your periods are regular.
  • Tenderness in your breasts
  • Nausea, especially in the morning
  • Tiredness
  • Going to the bathroom more often (this could also be a symptom of a urinary tract infection)

The best way to know if you are pregnant is to have a pregnancy test. Call us to schedule a test at 218-326-0404.

We care and we’re here to help. Our staff is trained to help answer your questions and assist you with making decisions. All of our services are free and completely confidential.

What is the “Morning After Pill”?

The Morning After Pill is a so-called emergency contraceptive that can be taken within the first 72 hours after intercourse to prevent pregnancy.

But the truth is if conception has taken place, and you take the Morning After Pill, it will work to prevent the egg from implanting in your uterine wall. If this happens, an abortion will occur, because the egg has already been fertilized. The fertilization of an egg can occur as early as 15 minutes after intercourse.

The fertilized egg contains all 46 human chromosomes. These chromosomes are the complex genetic design that will determine the hair, sex, eye color, skin tone and height of a child, and provides everything is there to grow a human being.

Why is a Morning After Pill included with a Pregnancy Test?

The Morning After Pill comes with a pregnancy test. No urine pregnancy test will show a positive result until 7 to 10 days after conception; therefore, a positive pregnancy test at this point means that the woman is pregnant from an earlier sexual encounter.

The instructions in the kit say that “it will give you ‘peace of mind’ to know you are not pregnant from sex earlier in the month or in previous months.”

The literature provided in the kit states over and over that women who are pregnant should not take the Morning After Pill. The effects of doing so are not known because no direct studies have ever been done.

How Does the Morning After Pill Work?

Depending on what brand you use, a set number of pills need to be taken within the first 72 hours, followed by more pills 12 hours later. According to where you are in your menstrual cycle, the pill could affect you in three different ways:

  1. Ovulation will be prevented if you haven’t already started ovulating (the egg will not be released to meet with the sperm. Sperm can survive in your vagina up to 72 hours after intercourse)
  2. Your normal menstrual cycle will be altered, delaying ovulation (the release of the egg from the ovary.)
  3. If the egg has already been released, the lining of your uterus will become irritated, and this irritation will interfere with the ability of the fertilized egg to implant in your uterus. (Your body will reject the baby, and he/she will die.)

Are there Health Risks with the Morning After Pill

Yes. There are short-term side effects to taking the Morning After Pill.

Short-term side effects may include:

  1. Nausea and vomiting
  2. Irregular and unpredictable menstrual periods
  3. Breast tenderness
  4. Blood clots

Long-term side effects from the use of the Morning After Pill are unknown.


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