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6 Myths About Emergency Contraception Made Clear

Posted Tuesday 27 February 2018 10:21 by Tim Deakin in Emergency Contraception

There is a lot of information out there about emergency contraception. But how do you know what to believe?

Emergency contraception is an effective method of ensuring that sexual intercourse doesn’t result in pregnancy, especially following unprotected sex. Even if other contraceptive methods are used, using the morning after pill can help provide extra protection for any margin of error.

However, many people get confused about the prospect of using emergency contraception, and there is a lot of misinformation fuelling the fire. When should you use it? What are your options? Is it safe? Let’s myth-bust some common misconceptions about emergency contraception.

“There is only one option when it comes emergency contraception”

Actually, there are several emergency contraception options out there which can help prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. There are two main forms of emergency contraception: the emergency IUD (otherwise known as the emergency coil) and the morning after pill. Whilst the morning after pill is the more commonly used of the two, it’s important to speak to a healthcare professional about which option is best for your specific circumstances.

There are also options within these options too. Both Levonelle and ellaOne are popular and effective emergency contraception tablets.

“Emergency contraception can terminate a pregnancy”

The morning after pill and the abortion pill are two completely different kinds of medication and should never be used interchangeably. If you are already confirmed to be pregnant, emergency contraception like the morning after pill will make no difference to the development of your pregnancy. It should only be used to prevent pregnancy.

“Emergency contraception affects your future fertility”

There is no evidence to suggest that even multiple uses of the morning after pill can affect your fertility in the long term. It will not reduce your future chances of falling pregnant. Even if you have unprotected sex again several days after taking the contraception there is no evidence that your chances of falling pregnant will be any lower.

“You will experience a lot of unpleasant side effects”

Like many medications, emergency contraception carries with it the risk of experiencing side effects. However, like many medications, most people will be able to use the treatment without experiencing any negative symptoms at all. If you do experience side effects, they will most likely be mild and temporary.

Possible side effects of the morning after pill include headaches, nausea, stomach pain and irregular menstrual flow.

“It only works if you take it straight after sexual intercourse”

Modern emergency contraceptive treatments like Levonelle and ellaOne have an extended period of effectiveness, meaning you can take them up to 3 to 5 days after unprotected sex and still reduce your chances of falling pregnant.

However, it is true that the sooner you take emergency contraception, the more effective it is. EllaOne has been shown to be around 98% effective if taken within twelve hours of sexual intercourse, but can be taken anytime up to 120 hours after unprotected sex.

Similarly, Levonelle is 95% effective if taken within 12 hours of unprotected sex, 85% if taken between 12 and 24 hours after sex, 75% effective if taken between 24 and 48 hours after sex and 58% effective if taken between 48 and 72 hours after sex.

“Emergency contraception is difficult to get”

Research suggests that only 7% of women are aware of just how simple it is to acquire emergency contraception. It can be obtained directly from your local pharmacy, from a sexual health clinic, your GP or a walk-in centre. You can even obtain it without leaving the house by ordering from trusted online pharmacies like Express Pharmacy.

For treatment and advice on emergency contraception and other healthcare queries, contact the team at Express Pharmacy today. Call 0208 123 07 03 or use our discreet online Live Chat service.

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How You Can Help This Movember

Posted Wednesday 01 November 2017 16:53 by Tim Deakin in Emergency Contraception

By now, almost everyone is aware of the autumn health campaign known as Movember. In fact, it’s hard to miss the thousands of hastily grown moustaches that pop up over the course of the month throughout the course of November.

But Movember is much more than facial hair and a modest cause to raise awareness. This year’s campaign is more ambitious than ever before in its aim to address men’s health. November offers an opportunity to learn more about the Movember Foundation and their fight to increase the life expectancy of men around the world.

Why Movember?

Too many men are affected by ill health. On average men live 6 years less than women. Testicular cancer rates have doubled in the in the last 5 years, and prostate cancer rates are set to double over the next 15 years.

It is not just cancer that is taking the men in our lives beyond their prime, however. Staggering three-quarters of all suicides are carried out by men. Movember helps raise money to improve services and advocates for more open and honest discussions about men’s health issues, including a focus on mental health.

Men’s health matters and with the help and support of the community, you can help Movember reach its aim — to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by the year 2030.

Here is how you can help the cause this November!

Grow a mo

Whether you opt for a lavish handle bar, a modest goatee, or a work of art all your own, facial hair is a ribbon for the cause and is a great way to get people talking about men’s health. This is your chance to get creative, let the sponsor with the highest donation choose the style or colour of your new furry friend for added hilarity and a boost to donations! Whatever you do make sure you direct people to the Movember web page to donate.

Take the Move challenge

With the festive season around the corner and the cold months settling in, there is no better time to get physically active. Make a bid to move more during November and your new fitness regime can help raise money for men’s health with the help of sponsors. Take the Move Challenge means you can carry out any activity you like: organise a race with friends, learn salsa or don a costume and head to the gym to set a new personal record. Get thinking and get moving!

Organise an event

For those females who can’t grow a mo or for those who would prefer to exercise out of the limelight, fear not. You can organise an event of your choice to rake in the pounds instead. Set up a ping pong tournament, try a game of Dungeons and Dragons or plan a good old fashioned dinner party.

Organise well and you and your friends can enjoy a great night whilst making a valuable contribution to the Movember Foundation. If you want to organise a large event, it is always worth asking local venues to sponsor it, and ask local brands to provide prizes or party supplies. Just remember to create your event on the Movember site so you can keep track of RSVPs. AND don’t forget to thank your sponsors.

Distinguished Gentleman’s ride

Are you a keen motorcyclist? Then maybe you should consider joining the annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to join the hoards of suave bikers atop vintage motorbikes. With over 500 cities taking part, there is sure to be a ride near you!

The Movember campaign makes it incredibly easy to raise money for this worthy cause. You choose an event. You set the date. Simply sign up online and direct your long line of sponsors to the Movember webpage where they can donate freely so you don’t have to pester them for payments. For those daring souls out there, we urge you to try all three main events at once! We let you off if you don’t know how to ride a motorcycle.

Taking men’s health seriously

One of the most common problems faced by men identified during Movember is the reluctance of many gentlemen to discuss their health problems. Statistically, men are much less likely to discuss their concerns – whether it’s a case of erectile dysfunction, acid reflux or something more sinister such as a lump on their testicles or a severe bout of depression.

If you are a man and want to reach out discreetly to discuss your health concerns, why not use our discreet Live Chat service available through the website? We’re always happy to help and can provide important advice and guidance in complete confidence.


11th September Marks the Beginning of Sexual Health Week 2017

Posted Monday 11 September 2017 09:45 by Tim Deakin in Emergency Contraception

Sexual Health Week 2017 is the perfect time to remind yourself of the emotional and physical aspects of sexual health, including online treatments for sexual health concerns

Sexual Health Week 2017 marks the 10th annual week dedicated to improving knowledge surrounding sexual health. It’s an event run by the FPA: the Family Planning Association. This is a UK registered sexual health charity dedicated to giving clear information and support on sexual health and relationships.

The theme of Sexual Health Week 2017 is: ‘Let’s Talk Porn’

Sexual Health Week 2017 will focus on the impact of pornography on people’s perception of sexual activity and sexual health. The FPA want to use the week to encourage open conversation about subjects related to pornography, such as consent, communication, safe sex, body image and the ability to distinguish between fantasy and reality.

Research has shown that young people are coming into contact with sexually explicit content at a much younger age, and more than half of 11 to 16 year old boys think that pornography is a realistic depiction of sex. The FPA want to use Sexual Health Week 2017 to promote open-minded, positive and non-judgemental discussion which addresses the fact that porn is made to look good, not feel good.

To achieve this, the FPA are offering useful information for young people, including quizzes to determine the differences between actual sexual intercourse and pornography. They’ll also be giving away top tips for parents, teachers and health professionals so that they can feel confident having the conversation about sexual health with young people.

So what can you do? You can get involved by shouting about Sexual Health Week 2017 on social media using the hashtag #SHW17, and by obtaining your free resource pack from the FPA site.

It’s important to be aware of the physical aspects of sexual health, as well as the emotional ones

The physical aspects of sexual health are just as important as the emotional or psychological aspects. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a huge concern for anyone practicing sexual intercourse without the proper safety measures in place. Conditions like chlamydia, genital warts and herpes are still common in the UK, with almost 500,000 cases of STIs being diagnosed each year in England alone.

There are other physical aspects of sexual health to consider however, such as unwanted pregnancy. This is a common concern for men and women practicing heterosexual sex without a condom. Other factors like erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, which can both be signs of underlying health concerns.

Online treatments for sexual health

Maintaining your sexual health is hugely important, but many people find discussing their concerns with a GP nerve-wracking or even embarrassing. Part of the role of Sexual Health Week is to emphasise the importance of getting the right help and advice from professionals – remembering that sex is a part of life and should not be off limits in conversation.

For those who want to be able to ask questions in a discreet fashion and receive fast answers, why not utilise Express Pharmacy’s Live Chat tool? You can also find many online treatments for sexual health concerns on our website, which can be prescribed and despatched without needing to visit a doctor or pharmacy in person. These prescriptions include treatment for both erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. We also offer online treatments for sexual health in the form of emergency contraception, and even medication such as Norethisterone which can be used for period delay. Sexual Health Week 2017 is the perfect time to seek out the online treatments for sexual health you need, so don’t delay.

Get in touch with Express Pharmacy for fast treatment and reliable guidance on sexual health concerns

Seeking help for these kinds of concerns can be daunting, which is why Express Pharmacy offer discreet online treatments for sexual health. Contact us today via our Live Chat service, or by calling 0208 123 0703.


Busting the Myths Surrounding Emergency Contraception

Posted Tuesday 29 November 2016 13:53 by Tim Deakin in Emergency Contraception

emergency contraceptionThe issue with contraception and sex is that often they’re either not discussed or discussed in private, a reality that can make the facts surrounding both particularly blurry. As a result, you may not be armed with the information you need to keep safe. Emergency contraception, also known as the morning-after pill is not new to the market and yet there are a number of misconceptions and myths that can be problematic for women who need the correct information in order to help them make important decisions relating to birth control.

Levonelle and ellaOne are both forms of emergency contraception that can be taken retrospectively to prevent pregnancy. Levonelle must be taken within three days of unprotected sex and ellaOne within five days. While both prevent or delay the release of an egg, ellaOne is considered to be more effective than Levonelle.

Now, let us look in more detail at what emergency contraception does and does not offer women.

The morning after pill does not protect you from STIs

Contrary to popular belief, like many forms of hormonal contraception, the morning after pill doesn’t protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). As a form of oral contraception, it works by releasing chemicals into the body, which affect the body’s natural response to fertilisation. As such, it cannot form a physical barrier that may also safeguard against sexually transmitted diseases or pelvic infections – as found with condoms and some forms of IUD (intrauterine device).

It does not cause abortion

While medication can be used to bring on abortion, emergency contraception works in a different way. Emergency contraception works by stopping the release of an egg and may also stop sperm from fertilising an egg that has already been released into the fallopian tubes. Levonelle contains levonorgestrel and ellaOne contains ulipristal acetate – which disrupts the natural hormone progesterone within a woman’s body. Progesterone is integral to the ovulation process and as a result, ovulation is prevented or delayed. For eggs that have already been fertilised and have implanted in the uterus, most forms of emergency contraception will have no effect.

Emergency contraception does not become less effective with more use

It is hard to pinpoint the exact number of pregnancies that have been prevented due to the use of Levonelle or ellaOne. However, research conducted in 2010 revealed that of the 1,696 women who received emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) within three days of unprotected sex, just 37 became pregnant. The same study showed that of the 203 women who took the morning after pill within three to five days of sex, three became pregnant. The rule of thumb is that the sooner you take EHCs after unprotected sex, the more effective they are likely to be.

Whilst neither Levonelle or ellaOne should be used as a method of regular contraception, both can be used more than once during any one menstrual cycle if necessary without diminishing effectiveness. It is important to note, that both EHCs do not offer continued protection and only prevent pregnancy after one act of unprotected sex. With Levonelle, your regular method of hormonal contraception will remain effective, however if you were to have sex after taking ellaOne you should use condoms as your normal contraception may not work as effectively as it should do.

It does not become less effective with alcohol

Alcohol or drug use does not make Levonelle or ellaOne any less effective. However, it is important to note that one of the primary side effect of excess alcohol consumption – vomiting – can impact on the effectiveness of oral contraceptives such as EHCs. If you vomit within two hours of taking emergency contraceptive Levonelle or within three hours with ellaOne, it is recommended that you seek medical advice where you will be either given another dose of your preferred EHC or fitted with an IUD.

Make sure you keep safe

In addition to offering trusted advice, Express Pharmacy can help you order the morning after pill discreetly. Simply select your treatment, complete our medical questionnaire and checkout to access a range of fast delivery options.


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