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Emergency Contraception
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Emergency Contraception


Accidents happen, so emergency contraception is something we all need to know about.

However, the emergency pill, or morning after pill, cannot be used as a regular method of protection against pregnancy, and is normally only used by women after a condom has split, if they have forgotten one of their pills, or if they haven't used any protection at all.

You can also be fitted with the IUD up to five days after un-protected sex to stop sperm reaching an egg and this is the most effective form of emergency contraception, preventing 99% of pregnancies.

A little known fact is that emergency contraception pill can be taken by women who are breast-feeding and by those who cannot use combined hormonal methods. But the effectiveness of emergency contraception decreases the longer you leave it, so if you've had a problem, get your hands on them sooner rather than later.

You can get the morning after pill at the pharmacy or at your local sexual health clinic. If your condom splits it is always worth talking to a health professional about the possible risks, and maybe scheduling in a quick STI check too.

It is also worth saying that although these are incredibly useful, emergency contraception should not be relied upon as your only method of contraception!

Pros: 

  • It is the only option left after all other methods fail.
Cons:
  • Side effects include stomach pain, headache, nausea, dizziness, vomiting or irregular menstrual bleeding.
  • It does not always work.
  • If you vomit within two hours of taking the morning after pill it will not work and you will need to see your GP.


Love & Sex Editor
2012/10/20
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