Taken up to 5 days after sex they can prevent pregnancy.
Now if you are a student of this blog then you’ll be experts at putting condoms on, even when drunk: but sometimes s**t happens.
If you’ve had sex without a condom, or missed a pill, or not used any form of contraception at all, and you have had penis in vagina sex, then I’m not going to lecture you or give you a hard look 😐
But I will tell you about Emergency Contraception (also known as the Morning After Pill or in the UK as the Levonelle One Step or Ella One (brand name)).
It is one pill, taken as soon as possible after sex. It prevents pregnancy if taken quickly enough after unprotected sex, ideally within 24 hours but up to 120 hours. It is over 95% if taken within 24 hours.
It works by stopping any fertilized eggs from implanting in the womb.
In the UK, they are available for free from
- Your doctor (GP)
- Your local Young Person’s Clinic or Brook
- Your local Reproductive Sexual Health service (or ‘Family Planning Service’)
- Your local NHS walk-in service
- Some GUM services
- Pharmacists (some give it free to teenage girls, google ‘Free Emergency Contraception Scheme’ followed by your local area it to find out eg Sheffield, or Wandsworth)
- Pharmacies can also sell it to women over 16, it costs £26
- A&E departments (if you have tried getting it from everyone else)
For your nearest service go here
Some areas are starting to prescribe a new emergency contraception pill which is effective up to 120 hours after unprotected sex. You could also have an IUD fitted within 120 hours of unprotected sex at a clinic.
© Justin Hancock 2014