Sexual intercourse with your partner should be enjoyable and satisfying. At the same time, it should not give you any stress and this is why it is important to have proper knowledge on emergency contraception options. If you had unsafe sex with your partner and you really don’t plan to conceive at this moment, then read to know all you should about emergency contraception.
What is emergency contraception?
You will find two forms of emergency contraception that may be used after having unprotected sex to avoid pregnancy. These are – morning after pill and the emergency IUD, also called the emergency coil.
When talking about morning after pill, you will have the choice of two different pills that contain levonorgestrel or ulipristal acetate. Talk to a healthcare professional about various treatments available and the differences between them to ensure you are making the right for your case.
Is it possible to purchase morning after pill online?
To your surprise, it is only 7 percent of women who know about the possibility of ordering morning after pill online. For this, it is important to complete a set of questions on the website to ensure that the medication is appropriate in terms of allergies, interactions and time frame.
Do you require the appointment of a gynae expert?
If you want to purchase emergency contraception, visit the pharmacy to get morning after pill after a consultation with the pharmacist. For this, you do not need a prescription from your consultant gynaecologist.
How does the morning after pill work?
The morning after pill does not cause an abortion or an 'emergency period'. It works by delaying the process of ovulation which means the sperm waiting in the fallopian tubes will not be able to meet an egg and then fertilise it.
This is quite similar to contraceptive pills that usually work by the prevention of egg release. If you have already conceived, then emergency contraception won’t affect your pregnancy.
Does morning after pill affect fertility?
Emergency contraception does not have any effect on your fertility in future. Hence, it will not provide any protection from pregnancy if you had unprotected sex again for several days after having it.
If you want to enjoy sex after using emergency contraception, then don’t forget to purchase a condom.
Do you need to take it the morning after?
Though oral emergency contraceptive pills should be taken immediately after unprotected sex, there is no need to panic if you have not taken it.
- Levonorgestrel may be taken within the next 72 hours after having unprotected sex.
- ellaOne (ulipristal acetate) can be taken within 5 days.
Both these pills work with the prevention or delay of ovulation and must be taken soon. However, these won’t work in case ovulation has already happened.
The emergency IUD may be inserted for almost five days after you had unsafe sex or upto five days at the earliest time after ovulation.
To know about emergency contraception and how it works visit your Private London Gynaecologist and get personal medical advice.