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I didn't know where to post this so forgive me in advance if this is not the apporpriate area.

I often give out advice on a website for teens. Usually its just little stuff, nothing major. Well today I repiled to a letter from a girl wanting to get the morning after pill.

Well I repiled and gave her the hotline number for it and advised her to get it. (and she says she is gonna) I just want to make sure, this pill doesn't cause abortions or anything? Right? I would feel terrible if I gave someone bad advice about this. This is the first major advice I have given so I am fairly new to this.

I would love your imput.

Thanks so much once again.

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That's great that you're giving other teens advice! You can always check on these things at Scarleteen. You can read all of our articles, and then you'll know the answers to questions people ask

Emergency Contraception, also known as the Morning-After-Pill, does not cause an abortion. Before taking the pills, a pregnancy test is generally required. The Emergency Contraception pills only work if the woman is not already pregnant. They work by preventing conception from occuring.

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Just to clarify, the reason they often do a pregnancy test before prescribing emergency contraception is to make sure that the woman is not already pregnant from sexual activity previous to that for which the emergency contraception is being sought.

Conception does not occur immediately, so a pregnancy test done less than 72 hours later would only come out positive if the woman was already pregnant prior to that sexual activity.

For more information on emergency contraception, please see this website:

Kythryne Aisling
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