The ‘Morning After Pill’ or ‘Post-Coital Pill’ is to be used by women, to prevent an unwanted pregnancy after having unprotected sex.
This pill can be taken up to FIVE days (120 hours) after having unprotected sex, but the efficacy of the pill significantly decreases the longer you leave it. It recommended that after having unprotected sex, get the pill from a pharmacy ASAP, to increase the chances of preventing the unwanted pregnancy.
The Morning After Pill is:
- 95% effective within 24 hours of having sex
- 85% effective within 24-48 hours of having sex
- 58% effective within 48-72 hours of having sex
The Morning After Pill can be taken in conjunction with other forms of contraception especially if they fail to work, e.g. a condom splits or you forget to take your normal daily contraceptive pill.
How does the Emergency Contraceptive pill work?
The pill works by:
- Preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg.
- Thickens the mucus in the neck of the womb, making it difficult for sperm to penetrate into the womb and reach an egg.
- Thins the lining of the womb, making it difficult for an egg to latch on and grow.
What types of Morning After Pill are there?
Levonelle – The most commonly used emergency contraceptive. This pill can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex and is available free of charge on prescription from your GP, or at Jaysons Pharmacy without a prescription (both Long Eaton and Wollaton branch)
ellaOne – A newer form of Morning After Pill that can be taken up to Five days (120 hours) after Unprotected Sex. This is only available on prescriptions and not recommended for any women under the age of 18 years.
The emergency contraceptive pill is available free of charge from:
- your GP
- most family planning and contraception clinics
- most sexual health clinics (sometimes referred to as genitourinary medicine or GUM clinics)
- most young persons’ or Brook clinics
- most NHS walk-in centres
- most NHS minor injury units (MIUs)
- some hospital accident and emergency (A&E) departments
- Pharmacies in the UK with an accredited Pharmacist, like Jaysons.
For more Information visit – the NHS website.