Morning after pill

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What is morning_after_pill?

How morning_after_pill works

Emergency contraception can be used within 3-5 days of unprotected sex, or if your usual contraceptive method has failed. The morning after pill is a small tablet that contains hormones that delay or stop your ovaries releasing an egg.

Morning after pill side effects

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Womb Cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Tender Breasts

Frequency

  • During intercourse
  • Daily
  • Monthly
  • 1 - 3 Months
  • 1 - 3 Years
  • 3 - 5 Years
  • Permanent
  • Typical effectiveness

    97

    %

    Contains hormones

    Yes

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    Reviews

    5/5
    01/05/2021
    Morning after pill

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    I took Escapel 1, a morning after pill that is sold in Chile, which contains Levonorgestrel 1,5 mg. I only got side eff...
    4/5
    16/03/2021
    Morning after pill

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    Levonelle one step
    Not sure if increased sex drive was due to the fact that I had intercourse for first time in a while lol
    4/5
    22/02/2021
    Morning after pill

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    I don’t know/can’t remember
    Taken twice in unprotected sex
    3/5
    15/02/2021
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    Levonorgestrel
    Made me feel ill for the rest of the day, fine again the next morning though. Had quite a bit of spotting and period a l...
    2/5
    08/02/2021
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    ellaOne
    Do not recommend taking this if you’re allergic to milk or lactose intolerant. I was incredibly nauseous for over 3 da...

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    Detailed information

    How to get started with the morning after pill

    • The morning after pill is not used as a regular form of contraception and should only be taken after unprotected sex or for example if a condom breaks or you forget to take your combined pill
    • You can however take emergency contraception more than once in a menstrual cycle if necessary
    • You can get the morning after pill for free from your local sexual health clinic, some GP surgeries, some young people’s clinics, most NHS walk-in centres and pharmacies
    • If you are over 16 you can pay for the morning after pill from most pharmacies, in person or online and from some organisations, such as the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) or Marie Stopes costing £25 – £35
    • You need to take an emergency contraceptive pill within 3 days (or 5 days if taking ellaOne) of unprotected sex – the sooner you take it, the more effective it will be
    • Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can advise you on when you can resume your regular contraception or start a new method
    • Find out more about how the morning after pills work here

    How to stop

    • The morning after pill is one pill that you take once to stop unwanted pregnancies
    • Emergency contraception doesn’t protect you from future pregnancies – you will need to continue using alternative methods of contraception

    Things that can go wrong

    • The effectiveness of the morning after pill depends on how quickly you take it after sex
    • According to the NHS, 1-2% of women who take ellaOne after unprotected sex become pregnant whilst 0.6-2.6% of women who take Levonelle after unprotected sex will become pregnant
    • The copper coil (IUD) is another method of emergency contraception. It is more effective than the morning after pill and can be used as ongoing contraception
    • If you are sick within 2 to 3 hours of taking the morning after pill contact your GP, pharmacist or sexual health clinic, as you’ll need to take another dose
    • There are no serious or long-term side effects from taking the emergency contraceptive pill. But it can cause headaches, tummy pain, bleeding between periods and vomiting or nausea
    • It may also delay you next period. It is recommended you carry out a pregnancy test 3 weeks after using the morning after pill
    • If you have bleeding or spotting that lasts longer than a week or develop severe lower abdominal pain 3 to 5 weeks after taking the morning after pill, contact your GP
    • You shouldn’t take the morning after pill if you are allergic to its ingredients or taking medication that decrease its effectiveness

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