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Morning After Pill

The morning after pill is a type of emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) which is taken to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. It is an emergency contraception which is commonly taken if contraception wasn’t used during sexual intercourse, or if the method of contraception used failed. It is advised to take the pill as quickly as possible, after having unprotected sex, for it to be most effective.

Is it safe to use?

The morning after pill, also referred to as the emergency pill, is advised to only be taken as an emergency rather than a regular contraceptive method. It also, only helps to prevent pregnancy and does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

How effective is the emergency pill at preventing unwanted pregnanices?

The emergency pill is most effective when taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex.

Clinical studies conducted by researchers at Edinburgh University and universities across the USA in 2010 showed that out of 1,696 women that received the pill within 72 hours of sex, there were 37 pregnancies (15 out of the 844 in the ulpristal acetate group and 22 out of 852 in the levonorgestrel group).

Out of the 203 women that took the emergency pill between 72 and 120 hours after unprotected sex, there were only three pregnancies.

It is recommended not to take the emergency pill if any of the following apply to you:

  • History of breast cancer
  • History of cervical cancer
  • History of ovarian cancer
  • Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding

EHC: Useful facts at a glance

  • The sooner you take Levonelle or ellaOne, the more effective it will be in preventing unwanted pregnancies.
  • Levonelle and ellaOne can result in minor side effects such as nausea, dizziness, headaches and abdominal pain. If you encounter any unusual side effects, contact your GP immediately.
  • There are no major side effects associated with the use of Levonelle or ellaOne.
  • Using EHC treatments will not cause an abortion.
  • Levonelle or ellaOne can alter the timing of your period.

Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

If you have any questions regarding the Morning After Pill, or generally regarding your sexual health, please contact our Patient Support Team on help@expresspharmacy.co.uk or 020 8123 0703

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Orders placed on weekdays before 2pm will usually be dispatched the same day. Orders placed on weekends/bank holidays will be dispatched the next working day.
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Delivery to some postcodes in Scotland will incur a £10 surcharge. This will be indicated at checkout.
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