Emergency contraception: The Morning after pill
A quick guide to using the morning after pill as an emergency contraceptive
You are worried… very worried. You forgot to take your pill yesterday and when things got overheated with your man you just lost your head and never thought once about taking any extra precautions. Maybe, you are not on the pill at all and you rely on condoms as a contraceptive method, unfortunate this morning you were a bit over enthusiastic and your condom ripped spilling all its contents where it shouldn’t have done. Maybe this, maybe that; it doesn’t really matter. What matters now is what to do to solve an otherwise delicate situation.
Thankfully for us girls, some time back someone thought about this and developed a little pill to save us from these “little accidents”. If you are not familiar with the morning after pill, let me tell you that it is a little pill used as a form of emergency contraception.
This magic pill may prevent an unwanted pregnancy. However, it is important to remember that it does not protect you against STDs.
New morning after pill can be taken up to five days after intercourse
- The drug, launched in Britain in October last year, is currently available only on prescription.
The first morning after pill which can be taken up to 5 days after intercourse, raised concerns it could promote promiscuity and trigger a rise in STDs. Experts believe that it could be available over the counter within two to three years.
When to use the Morning after pill?
The Morning after pill is a form of emergency contraception only intended for occasional use, when other means of contraception fail. For example, when you have forgotten to re-start your pill at the beginning of the next pack, or you simply forgot to take your pill, or you were using a condom and it ripped or slipped off. The morning after pill can also be used if you've been taking some other drugs or you had an upset tummy that may have reduced the effectiveness of the Pill and you're worried about getting pregnant.
Following your doctor’s advise you might be able to use the morning after pill anytime directly after intercourse and up to 72 hours after. Depending on the circumstances and the pill used, some doctors advice its use even 5 days after contraceptive failure.
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How to get the Morning after pill?
You can get advice on emergency contraception and the morning after pill from several sources. Some of the most common places are:
Family planning clinics
Doctors at university or college health centres
Genitourinary medicine (STD) clinics are also a quick way of getting emergency contraception and advice.
A private doctor
Walk-in clinics in central London
Directly at the chemist. Most pharmacies in Europe sell the morning after pill without a prescription. The price varies from country to country; currently you can buy it in the UK from around £22. However bear in mind that not all chemists are willing to sell and advise on the use of the morning after pill. To avoid delays, it's probably worth calling the pharmacy first to check if they supply the morning after pill without a prescription.
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The great majority of women can take Levonelle emergency contraception (the morning after pill) without any problem. There are few side effects and there is no evidence of any long-term impact on your health or your future fertility.
The morning after pill: Ella one
Ella one is an innovative trend in emergency contraception. It safeguards from pregnancy till 5 days after unprotected intercourse during your menstrual cycle. 98 % women are shielded from conception with ella one. You can get more information about Ella one and buy it here
What is the name for the morning after pill?
The morning after pill currently prescribed in the UK is:
- Levonelle 1500, which is the morning-after pill on prescription; and
- Levonelle one step, which is the one you buy over the counter.
Both are identical and contain one tablet per pack -the difference is the price you pay.
A new option is ellaOne, which works in a similar way, but can be used for up to 5 days after intercourse.
What is in Emergency contraceptive pills?
Usually, emergency contraceptive pills contain higher doses of the same hormones found in regular contraceptive pills.
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Side effects of using the morning after pill:
The most common side effects are nausea and disruption of the menstrual cycle. Some women also experience abdominal pain, breast tenderness, fatigue, headaches and dizziness. Side effects should not last for more than a few days. Generally side effects –except the disruption of the menstrual cycle- should disappear within 24 hours.
Emergency contraception is not recommended to women who are already pregnant. The morning after pill will not work if you are pregnant; the morning after pill is not designed to terminate a pregnancy.
The Morning after pill does not offer protection against STD (sexually Transmitted Diseases) STDs like Chlamidya
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