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Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Syzygy Healthcare Solutions?
Syzygy Healthcare is a U.S. consumer healthcare company dedicated to bringing affordable healthcare solutions for women to the marketplace. AfterPill® is our first product.
What is AfterPill®?
AfterPill® is a FDA-authorized emergency contraceptive that provides after-sex protection from pregnancy. When used quickly, it reduces the chance of becoming pregnant after unprotected sex or birth control failure. It can be used for up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex.
How does AfterPill® work?
AfterPill® contains levonorgestrel, the same hormone found in many birth control pills to help prevent pregnancy. AfterPill® works mainly by preventing ovulation. It may also prevent fertilization of a released egg or attachment of a fertilized egg to the uterus. AfterPill® is not the abortion pill (RU-486) and will not harm or terminate an existing pregnancy.
When is it appropriate to take AfterPill®?
You can take AfterPill® for pregnancy prevention within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure . AfterPill® can be used as a backup method for birth control if, for example: Your regular birth control failed (your partner’s condom broke or slipped). You made a mistake with your regular method (you forgot to take your birth control pills). You didn’t use any birth control method.
When is it not appropriate to take AfterPill®?
AfterPill® should not be taken: If you’re already pregnant, because it won’t work. If you’re allergic to levonorgestrel or any of the ingredients in AfterPill®. In place of regular birth control. AfterPill® should not be used as routine birth control, as it’s not as effective. AfterPill® won’t protect you from HIV/AIDS or any other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
When should I take AfterPill®?
You only have a few days to help prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. You can take AfterPill® within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. However, AfterPill® works better the sooner you take it, and is shown to work best when taken within 12 hours of unprotected sex or birth control failure.
How effective is AfterPill®?
AfterPill® works better the sooner you take it. If it is taken as directed within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure, it can significantly decrease the chance that you will become pregnant. About 7 out of every 8 women (87%) who would have gotten pregnant will not become pregnant. If taken within the first 12 hours, that number has been shown to increase (95%).
How will I know if AfterPill® worked?
The only way of knowing AfterPill® has been effective is when you get your next period, which should come at the expected time or within a week of the expected time. If your period is more than seven days late, you may be pregnant.
What if I’m already pregnant and take AfterPill®?
There is no medical evidence that AfterPill® would harm a developing baby. If you take AfterPill® accidentally after you’re already pregnant, or it doesn’t work and you become pregnant, it’s not likely to cause any harm to you or your pregnancy. AfterPill® will not terminate an existing pregnancy, and AfterPill® will not impact your ability to become pregnant in the future.
Can I use AfterPill® for regular birth control?
AfterPill® should not be used as regular birth control. AfterPill® is not as effective as using a regular birth control method correctly and consistently. It is a backup method to be used if your regular birth control fails or if you have sex without birth control. If you have unprotected sex after taking AfterPill®, it cannot protect you from getting pregnant.
How often can I take AfterPill®?
AfterPill® should only be taken in emergencies, but there is no medical reason why you can't take it more than once. Don't be afraid to use AfterPill® when you need to, but remember that it should never replace routine methods of contraception, as it simply isn’t as effective.
AfterPill® doesn't provide long-term protection against future pregnancy—it only works to prevent this one incident. If you are sexually active, even occasionally, see your healthcare professional or clinic to find a method of birth control and STD prevention that suits you.
Will I experience any side effects from AfterPill®?
When taken as directed, AfterPill® is safe and effective, and the side effects are generally mild. Some women may experience side effects similar to those of many birth control pills, including changes in your period, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, dizziness, and breast tenderness. Some women may have changes in their period, a heavier or lighter next period, or a period that is early or late. If your period is more than a week late, you may be pregnant. If you have severe abdominal pain, you may have an ectopic pregnancy and should get immediate medical attention.
When taking this product, you may have:
- Lower abdominal pain
- Breast Tenderness
What warnings should I know about when taking AfterPill®?
Do not take AfterPill®: If you’re already pregnant, because it won’t work. If you’re allergic to levonorgestrel or any of the ingredients in AfterPill®. In place of regular birth control. AfterPill® should not be used as routine birth control, as it isn’t as effective. AfterPill® won’t protect you from HIV/AIDS or any other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
When do I start taking my regular birth control pills after AfterPill®?
You should resume your regular method of contraception — or start one, if you don’t have a regular method—right away, since AfterPill® does not reliably protect against additional acts of unprotected sex. You do not need to use additional backup contraception to your birth control pills after using AfterPill®.
How can AfterPill® cost so much less?
AfterPill® is not imported. It is made in the USA and because AfterPill® is sold directly to the consumer, the same 1.5mg levonorgestral product can be sold at a much lower price.
What should I do if I have questions about AfterPill®?
If you have questions or need more information about this product, call our toll-free number, 1-855-889-3012, check out this website, or ask a healthcare professional.
What is the expiration date for each AfterPill® tablet?
Each AfterPill® tablet has an expiration date between 15-22 months depending on the time of your order and the date of manufacturing. The exact expiration date is printed on the backside of the AfterPill® carton
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