Women's Health Thursday December 20, 2012

Why we offer the morning after pill two-hour delivery service

Morning-after pill

During the festive period, we have tracked a year-on-year rise of women coming to us for the morning after pill, and so in response this year launched a two-hour delivery service for patients in London, which will continue into 2013.

Why an increase in demand?

It's well documented that during the festive period, many of us socialise more with friends and colleagues, and it is likely that more alcohol is consumed too. A more relaxed attitude tends to also relax individuals responses towards safe sex and the use of protection, with many not taking the usual precautions they would exercise at other times of the year.

We found that many women in London were also finding it hard to visit their local pharmacy or family planning clinic, with many closed during Christmas, and some not stocking the medication in parts of the City.

Women also complained, especially those in the City, of finding it hard to make time to visit their doctor or pharmacist when they were working increasingly long hours, and found it easier to seek a consultation online or from their mobile.

What does the morning after pill do?

The morning after pill is a form of emergency contraception which usually works for up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. Though effective for up to three days after, we advise that the sooner the pill is taken, the better the chance of preventing unwanted pregnancy. The ideal time frame is 12 hours after intercourse.

Dr Hilary Jones' opinion on the service

Dr Hilary Jones, one of our medical advisers, has commented, 'I'm encouraged by the service that HealthExpress are offering, especially given the time of year. However, women do need to recognise that the morning after pill is an emergency contraception pill that is available for preventing unwanted pregnancy, It should only be used a s a precautionary treatment. They do not protect against STI's and they should not be used as a regular method of contraception.

If women need advice on what contraception to use then HealthExpress' trained online doctors are able to assist them.'

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