What is the morning after pill?
The morning after pill is an emergency contraception pill. It can be taken during the first few days after intercourse to prevent pregnancy.
Please note that the morning after pill is not a method of abortion and will not terminate a pregnancy.
Why take the morning after pill?
The morning after pill provides emergency contraception following unprotected intercourse and contraceptive failure or misuse. Two examples of contraceptive failure or misuse are: forgetting to take your hormonal birth control and condoms breaking. Typically, the morning after pill is taken as soon as possible after having unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. It is also possible to buy the morning after pill for future use if:
- You are worried about your contraceptive method failing
- You are going on holiday and know that you cannot get emergency contraception once away
How does the morning after pill work?
The active ingredient in the morning after pill is levonorgestrel, which is a synthetic version of the naturally occurring female hormone progesterone. The morning after pill prevents ovulation and fertilisation and alters the lining of the womb in order to prevent pregnancy.
Is taking the morning after pill safe?
Yes. Taking the morning after pill is safe. However, it is worth considering other birth control options, such as the birth control pill, the patch, the ring, male or female condoms, and diaphragms. The morning after pill does not prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It is important to use condoms to prevent the transmission of STIs.
Where can you get the morning after pill?
You can buy the morning after pill online here at a low cost. There are three different types of morning after pill available through Instant eCare. This includes Levonelle 1500 and Levonelle One Step which can both be taken up to 72 hours after intercourse, and EllaOne which can be taken up to 120 hours, or 5 days, after intercourse. The sooner it is taken after intercourse the more effective the morning after pill will be.