What is the morning after pill?
Accidents happen! If you are sexually active and rely upon condoms for contraception, it is possible that you could experience the trauma of a split condom. In some cases, you may not have been planning to have sex at all, but got carried away. A supply of emergency contraception, commonly known as the morning-after pill, can be quickly and confidentially arranged without fear of embarrassment through the Pharmacy2U Online Doctor.
Pharmacy2U service cannot be offered to women who are under 18 years of age. Their doctors will assess if our service is suitable for you by the answers to a questionnaire that we will provide. Other resources include:
- British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Tel: 08457 30 40 30)
- Family Planning Association (Tel: 0845 122 8690)
- Brook Advisory Centres (Tel: 0808 802 1234 – helpline for under 25s)
- Patient.info information page about emergency contraception
When should you use the morning after pill?
The morning after pill should only be used as emergency contraception as soon as possible after unprotected sex or failure of a different contraceptive method, such as a split condom.
The morning after pill is not as effective as a conventional method of regular contraception and is suitable only in emergencies. It should in no instance replace a regular contraceptive method. The patient information leaflet should be read carefully before use.
What emergency contraceptive treatments are available?
The most effective method to avoid pregnancy after unprotected sex is to have a copper coil inserted by a doctor or nurse. This can be done up to five days after unprotected sex and has the advantage of providing contraception on an ongoing basis. This approach is also more effective than taking the morning after pill. There are two commonly prescribed morning after pills available in the UK. Levonelle has been available for some time while EllaOne is a more recent introduction.
The important difference between the two treatments is that EllaOne is still effective if taken at a later time after the unprotected sex, compared to Levonelle.
Levonelle is an effective emergency contraceptive when taken within 72 hours (three days) of unprotected sex or failure of a contraceptive method. EllaOne is effective when taken up to 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex or failure of a contraceptive method. The dose should be taken as early as possible after unprotected sex. It is more likely to be effective the
earlier it is taken.
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