Contraceptive accidents can happen no matter how careful you are. You and your partner may use barrier contraception such as condoms, or you may prefer to take a daily contraceptive, so you can enjoy more pleasure during sex. When these options fail to work, a reliable form of treatment such as emergency contraceptive pills are necessary to prevent pregnancy.
HealthExpress offers two different morning-after pills which can help you out if a contraceptive accident occurs. We offer Levonelle and ellaOne, both of which can effectively prevent pregnancy from occurring. Our confidential and discreet next day delivery service means that you can get your emergency contraception as soon as possible.
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A morning-after pill is an emergency contraceptive which usually works for up to three days (72 hours) after you have unprotected sex. Though it is effective for up to three days after unprotected intercourse, the sooner you take the pill, the better chance you have of preventing pregnancy. Ideally, you should take the morning-after pill within 12 hours to stand the best chance of avoiding conception.
The most common morning-after pill currently prescribed in the UK is called Levonelle One Step. This is often called the post-coital pill (PCP) by doctors. A new emergency contraceptive pill, ellaOne, is also now available, which works in a similar way, but can be used for up to five days after unprotected sex.
The morning-after pill is at its most effective the sooner you take it after unprotected sex. Levonelle emergency contraceptive pills prevent 95% of pregnancies if taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex, 85% after 48 hours and 58% if taken within 72 hours.
ellaOne is thought to be 98% effective in preventing pregnancy; research has shown that only two in every 100 women who take ellaOne become pregnant within five days of intercourse.
Levonelle and ellaOne can be used by women over the age of 18 who have had unprotected sex, or if their regular contraceptive has failed.
You should only use a morning-after pill once after having unprotected sex, and you can only take a morning-after pill once every menstrual cycle. For the rest of your menstrual cycle, you should continue to use a condom, even if you are already taking a daily contraceptive pill, to absolutely minimise the risk of contraceptive failure.
The morning-after pill is an emergency contraceptive pill that prevents pregnancy. It does not work if you are already pregnant. It contains a female hormone type called levonorgestrel, which works to prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg and alters the lining of your womb so that a fertilised egg cannot embed itself there.
The emergency contraceptive pills that are prescribed today very rarely cause any side effects, although a small number of women taking the morning-after pill may experience physical sickness, headaches, dizziness and cases of irregular bleeding. Research shows only 1 in 60 women are actually physically sick after using emergency contraceptive pills.
If you are sick within three hours of taking the morning-after pill, you should seek another pill from a doctor immediately. This is because its effect will have been lost, and pregnancy will not have been prevented.
After taking a morning-after pill, your next period may come early or late. If it doesn't occur within a couple of days of the expected time, consult your doctor. You should not use a morning-after pill if you are breastfeeding. Also, if you experience lower tummy pain or abnormal bleeding in the weeks after you take the pill, consult your doctor.
"Contraceptive accidents can occur no matter how careful you are. Emergency contraception can significantly reduce the likelihood of pregnancy if taken in time. Be prepared with emergency contraceptives."Dr Hilary Jones
HealthExpress Medical Advisor
If you have had unprotected sex and need to take the morning after pill, you should be aware that morning-after pills become less effective the longer you take them after the unprotected sex took place. This is why many women choose to buy emergency contraception in advance so that it is available to them if the need arises. Both ellaOne and Levonelle are available to buy at HealthExpress for this purpose. If you would prefer not to take a pill but still require emergency protection against pregnancy after unprotected sex, you should speak to your doctor about other options.
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Morning-after pills are only available from HealthExpress as a precautionary treatment. Take your free online consultation to order your pill today and you can receive the medication with overnight delivery. In the consultation you will be asked some routine questions by our doctor about your current health and medical background. This is a strictly confidential process, which allows our doctor to ensure you are suitable to take Levonelle or ellaOne.