Besides heavy flow, other period-related symptoms are magnified with the morning after pill. Fatigue is common, cramps are more intense and you may develop a back ache. Many people experience some level of stomach discomfort as well, ranging from butterflies to nausea. You might feel dizzy and mentally foggy. The high level of hormones flowing through your body may also cause some moodiness.
The morning after pill is used as an emergency form of contraception. Taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex, it is very effective in preventing fertilization. The high dose of hormones in the pill fools the body into thinking that it is time for your period. Soon after you take the first of two doses, the period starts. The bleeding is usually heavier than you would experience during a normal period. Therefore, make sure you have a good supply of maximum absorbency tampons or pads.
Some minor side effects and problems have been identified by users of the morning after pill, also called Plan B. These effects are similar to those from other birth control pill side effects and include:
- Nausea or stomach pain
- Breast tenderne