Everything you need to know about the morning-after pill
The morning after-pill is a type of emergency contraception that’s used after unprotected
sex that aims to prevent pregnancy.
Here’s everything you need to know:
What is it?
There are two different products
that we refer to when we talk about the moringa after pill.
One is called LNG-ECP and is a
levonorgestrel emergency contraceptive pill that can be used up to 3 days (72
hours) after unprotected sex.
The other product is a dose of
ulipristal acetate that can be used up to 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected
Both are single-dose pills that are
available from your pharmacy without a prescription.
What is it for?
The morning after pill is designed
to be used after unprotected sex with the aim of preventing pregnancy.
It can be used in a variety of
different situations including when another form of contraception fails (such
as a condom breaking or forgetting to take the pill), or in the event that no
method of contraception is used.
It does not prevent sexually
How does it work?
The morning-after pill works by delaying or stopping the process of ovulation (where an egg is
released by the ovaries).
When do I take it?
In order to be most effective, you
need to take the morning-after pill as soon as possible after unprotected sex.
However, depending on the product,
it can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex. Your pharmacist will
advise you on when you should take the pill.
How can I get it?
To get the morning-after pill, you
can visit one of our trained pharmacists.
We understand that speaking about
your sex life with a stranger can be uncomfortable. That’s why emergency contraception discussions are private and will take place
in a separate part of the pharmacy or a consulting room. If you would prefer to
speak to a woman, a female pharmacist is often available.
You’ll need to participate in a
short discussion with the pharmacist to ensure that the product is safe and
appropriate for you.
You can rest assured that the
pharmacy is a judgement-free zone and our pharmacists are committed to keeping
your conversation confidential and making you feel as comfortable as possible.
What are the side effects?
Emergency contraception is
considered safe. However, some women do report symptoms including:
cramps or pain
If you do throw up after taking the
pill, you will need to take another one in order for it to be effective.
How effective is it?
The morning-after pill does not
prevent all pregnancies. Its effectiveness varies depending on a range of
factors, including how soon the pill is taken after unprotected sex.
Where can I find more information?
To find out more about the
morning-after pill, including whether it’s appropriate for you, speak to your
local Capital Chemist pharmacist.