What is MAP?
MAP is also known as "Emergency Contraception." It is a series
of pills that is taken to either prevent pregnancy or abort a
pregnancy before it implants in the uterus.
How does it work?
1. MAP must be taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse.
2. A pregnancy test must be taken to confirm the woman is not
already pregnant from a cycle before this most recent act
of sex. It will not determine if she is in fact pregnant from
the "recent night's" sexual activity.
3. Two doses of hormone pills are given, 12 hours apart. The
pills may work in several ways:
Are there any concerns?
Physical effects: nausea, abdominal pain, tiredness, headache,
menstrual changes, dizziness, breast tenderness, and vomiting.
Emotional effects: Since MAP is taken so early, a woman never
knows if she indeed conceived a baby. In addition, she does not
know if the MAP she took aborted the baby.
What are my other options?
Us for an appointment or information. We can offer a free
pregnancy test and additional information about your cycle to
help you determine if pregnancy was even likely at the time you
had sex. Your concerns and options can be confidentially discussed
with a trained counselor.