7 things you really should know about emergency contraception

 

  1. There is more than one type of emergency contraception available:

There are two forms of emergency contraception that can be used after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. These are, the morning after pill and the emergency IUD – also known as ‘the emergency coil’. When it comes to the morning after pill – you have a choice of two different pills – containing either ulipristal acetate (ellaOne®) or levonorgestrel. You should speak to a healthcare professional about the various treatments available and the differences in effectiveness to ensure you are informed about your options and can make a choice based on what is most suitable for you.

 

  1. You can buy the morning after pill online

Surprised? You’re not alone – only 7% of women are aware that it is possible to order the morning after pill online…

It is possible to order the morning after pill for either immediate use or in advance. All you have to do is complete a selection of health related questions on the pharmacy website to ensure the medication is appropriate for you (timeframe, interactions and allergies). After the answers have been checked and approved you can arrange delivery or collection from pharmacy. Check out the ellaOne website for a selection of reputable online pharmacies offering this service.

 Please note: If you require emergency contraception after unprotected sex, bear in mind that it is more effective the sooner it is taken. For this reason it is important that you choose a service that will ensure you can get emergency contraception as quickly as possible.

 

  1. You can buy the morning after pill in advance of need

That’s right – you can get the morning after pill in advance so that you have a ‘just in case provision’ to hand in your medicine cabinet. This means you can take it as quickly as possible should you ever need to in the future. To get the morning after pill in advance, visit your pharmacist or GP. Alternatively if you prefer to be a bit more discreet, online services from some pharmacy suppliers allow you to order the morning after pill online for collection in store or for delivery to your home address. The ellaOne website features information about where you can order the morning after pill online in advance.

 

  1. You don’t need a doctor’s appointment

If you need emergency contraception you can head straight to the pharmacy to get the morning after pill after a quick consultation with the pharmacist – you don’t need to get a prescription from your doctor, although it is also possible to go down this route too.

 

  1. It works by delaying ovulation

The morning after pill DOES NOT cause an ‘emergency period’ or an abortion, it actually works by delaying egg release (ovulation). This means that the sperm waiting in the fallopian tubes will be unable to meet an egg and fertilise it. This is similar to regular contraceptive pills, which mostly work by preventing egg release. If you are already pregnant, emergency contraception will not interrupt your pregnancy.

 

  1. Your fertility can come back very quickly after using the morning after pill

Emergency contraception has no effect on future fertility. It will not protect you from pregnancy if you have unprotected sex again several days after taking it. If you want to have sex after using emergency contraception, use a barrier method of contraception until your next period.

 

  1. You don’t have to take it the morning after

Although oral emergency contraceptive pills must be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex, don’t panic if you haven’t been able to get it immediately. ellaOne (ulipristal acetate) can be taken within five days (120 hours) of unprotected sex and levonorgestrel containing emergency contraceptive pills can be taken within 3 days (72 hours) of unprotected sex. Both pills work by preventing or delaying ovulation and must therefore be taken as soon as possible as they are not effective if ovulation has already taken place. The emergency IUD can be inserted up to five days after unprotected sex or up to five days after the earliest time you could have ovulated.

 

For more information please visit www.ellaone.co.uk/buy-ellaone/

If you require emergency contraception after unprotected sex, bear in mind that it is more effective the sooner it is taken. For this reason it is important that you choose a service that will ensure you can get emergency contraception as quickly as possible.

 

About ellaOne:

ellaOne is the most effective morning after pill at preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex, It is an emergency contraceptive pill that is available from pharmacies without a prescription.

ellaOne consists of one tablet which should be taken as soon as possible, but no later than 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.2 Each tablet of ellaOne contains 30 mg ulipristal acetate.

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