Morning After Pill

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Morning After Pill

morning-after-pillThe morning after pill is also called a emergency contraceptive pill. They are used to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Even if you are careful, accidents can happen and you never know.

There is a chance the form of contraception you are using may fail or in the heat of the moment you don’t use contraception for whatever reason. If this does happen the morning after pills can be taken within 72 hours after having unprotected intercourse and is effective against pregnancy.

The morning after pill is considered to be approximately 90% to 95% effective during the initial 24 hours after unprotected sex. If used between 48 and 72 hours the level of effectiveness drops to approximately 70%.

There is also a new version that can be taken up to 120 hours after unprotected sex but again will work best if you take the morning after pill within 12 hours.

How do emergency pills work?

ellaOne – morning after pill can be used within 5 days of having unprotected intercourse. In Clinical trials ellaOne was shown to be 98% effective in preventing pregnancy.

Levonelle – morning after pill is 85% effective against pregnancy if taken within 3 days after unprotected sex.

How does the morning after pill work?

The morning after pill contains the active ingredient, levonorgestrel, which is a type of female hormone. This works to prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg. It then alters the lining of your womb so that a fertilized egg cannot embed itself there causing you to become pregnant. The morning after pill can be taken at anytime during the your monthly menstrual cycle, including before ovulation, which is when women are at their most fertile and are likely to become pregnant.

Are there any side effects?

There are no long-term side effects associated with taking the morning after pill. Some women may feel sick or vomit after taking the pill. To prevent nausea and vomiting a non-prescription anti-nausea tablet can be taken. Women may also experience headaches, dizziness or lower abdominal pains. Most discomfort you experience will stop with one to two days. Some women will also begin their period 1-2 day’s earlier/later then expected but the duration of menstrual bleed will still be the same.

The emergency morning after pill shouldn’t be taken as a long -term continual contraception. Only use the morning after pill if you suspect the contraception you used has failed. Taking the pill will have no impact on your body if you decide to become pregnant in the future.

When should I consider taking the morning after pill?

  • The condom broke or came off inside your vagina
  • He didn’t pull out in time
  • You forgot to take your contraceptive pill
  • You were not using any birth control at the time
  • Your diaphragm slipped out
  • If you are forced to have unprotected sex

How do I buy the morning after pill online?

To purchase any emergency contraception online you simply need to complete a free consultation with our doctor online.  Once he concludes that you are suitable to use this treatment, a prescription will be issued to our pharmacy and the morning after pill will be dispatched for delivery that very same day.

What emergency pills are available?