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What is the Morning After Pill?
The morning after pill is an emergency contraceptive pill available to women who have had unprotected sex or if a regular method of contraception has failed. The two pills available are Levonelle and ellaOne. Taking Levonelle within 72 hours or ellaOne within 120 hours can prevent pregnancy. Both are available on prescription or you can buy them from pharmacies without a prescription.
The morning after pill should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex. The earlier you take the pill, the more effective it is. It is thought to work by preventing the fertilised egg from implanting (settling) in the uterus (womb).
Anytime Doctor's morning after pill service is for advance use only. This means you may buy a pill pack for use should the need arise in the future. This service is not for women who have had unprotected sex already. If you have already had unprotected sex, you should go to your local GP, pharmacy or family planning clinic straight away.
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One tablet should be taken as soon as possible, preferably within 12 hours, and no later than 72 hours after unprotected intercourse. If vomiting occurs within three hours of taking the tablet, another tablet should be taken immediately.
Can impact the efficacy of regular contraceptive pills. Should this apply, please take extra precautions and read the PIL for instructions on how to take your regular contraceptive pill following use of Levonelle.
One tablet should be taken as soon as possible, preferably within 12 hours, and no later than 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected intercourse. If vomiting occurs within three hours of taking the tablet, another tablet should be taken immediately.
Can impact the efficacy of regular contraceptive pills. Should this apply, please take extra precautions and read the PIL for instructions on how to take your regular contraceptive pill following use of ellaOne.
See a doctor urgently if you have any lower abdominal pain or abnormal vaginal bleeding 2-6 weeks following treatment. These are the main symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy. This is rare, but it is best to be aware of the possibility as it is a serious condition. Also see a doctor if your next period is more than seven days late or if you have any other concerns.
All medication can cause side effects. Details of all side effects, including rare side effects to be aware of, are listed in the patient information leaflet (PIL). When completing your medical questionnaire it is very important that you answer the questions truthfully. This is to ensure your doctor has a full picture of your medical history before prescribing. List all medicines you are already taking, including non-prescription and herbal medicines.
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Not suitable if you are already pregnant or allergic to the active ingredients levonorgestrel or ulipristal acetate.
An alternative method of emergency contraception is to have an intra-uterine device (IUD) inserted by a doctor or nurse. This can be done up to five days after unprotected sex. It has the advantage of providing ongoing contraception and is also more effective than taking hormone tablets (it is almost 100% effective). You should visit your regular GP for this.
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How effective is the morning-after pill?
Although emergency contraception is effective, it is not as reliable as regular planned contraception. Therefore, it should only be used in emergencies. It becomes gradually less effective the more time that elapses after having unprotected sex. However, there is a good chance of preventing pregnancy if it is taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. If the pill is taken within 24 hours after unprotected sex, about 95 in 100 pregnancies are prevented.
If it is taken between 25-48 hours then about 85 in 100 pregnancies are prevented and if it is taken between 49 and 72 hours then about 58 in 100 pregnancies are prevented. ellaOne can be used between 72 and 120 hours after unprotected sex but the chance of it working is much less than if it is taken within 72 hours.
If you vomit within two hours of taking the morning after pill, it probably has not worked. The morning after pill won't protect you from sexually transmitted infections.
Can I order the morning after pill if I have already had unprotected sex?
Anytime Doctor's morning after pill service is for advance use only. This means you may buy a morning after pill pack for use should the need arise in the future. This service is not for women who have had unprotected sex already. If you have already had unprotected sex, you should instead go to your local GP, pharmacy or family planning clinic straight away.
What happens after taking the morning after pill?
Most women have their next period at about the usual time. Sometimes it is a few days earlier or later than expected. See a doctor or nurse if your next period is more than seven days late or if it is lighter than usual. A pregnancy test may then be advised. Your next menstrual cycle may also be shorter or longer than usual. Please note that there is still a small risk of pregnancy even if you take the emergency contraceptive pill correctly.
When can the morning after pill be used?
The morning after pill can be used if:
What should I do if I vomit after taking the morning after pill?
I you vomit within 3 hours of taking the morning after pill, take another pill as soon as possible. You may need to get a further prescription, or buy another pill from a pharmacy. An intra-uterine device can be inserted as an alternative method of emergency contraception. Please visit your GP for this.
When is emergency contraception not effective?
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