Women who have unprotected sexual intercourse (UPSI) or those who have multiple sexual partners have a considerable risk of becoming pregnant. To avoid this, it is recommended women go onto long term reversible contraception such as implants, coils or IUDs. In the event of UPSI where women are not on effective contraception, it is recommended to take the emergency contraceptive pills as soon as possible to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Emergency Contraceptive Pills are only used as an emergency solution, and are not long term solutions. The sooner these pills are taken, the higher their effectiveness at preventing pregnancies. Unprotected sex can be:
· You have sex without protection I.e. condoms
· Your partner’s condom slipped, tore or came off
· You are not on long term contraception
To save yourself from unwanted pregnancy, we at Ask A Pharmacist recommend taking emergency contraception as soon as possible after UPSI. We recommend customers not to obtain the medicines via postal services as this delays the time taken to take the tablet, rendering it less effective. Online services are better used for standby emergency contraception, for if the unexpected occurs.
Levonorgestrel or Levonelle – 3 Day Pill
This is one of the most common choices of Emergency Contraceptive Pills for sexually active women. This drug can be consumed within 72 hours after unprotected intercourse. However, Ask A Pharmacist recommends taking the pill within 12 hours to get the maximum benefit. Over 95 per cent of women can prevent pregnancy if consumed within 24 hours.
Further, the percentage drops to 85% if the pill is taken on the next day and 58% on the third day. Levonelle can be taken anytime during the menstrual cycle; however, you should consult an expert if the next period is delayed by seven days or you experience any lower abdominal pain or discomfort. You can discuss this with a pharmacist online for FREE via our website of app.
Ulipristal 30mg or ellaOne – 5 Day Pill
Taking ellaOne within 120 hours (5 days) can prevent women from unwanted pregnancies. It has been found to be more effective at reducing pregnancies than Levonorgestrel (Levonelle). Clinical trials have confirmed this pill to have a high success ratio. Ulipristal is not safe if a patient has severe asthma, and it is better to consult a medical expert from Ask A Pharmacist before going for the medication. All the pills that we offer are licensed under UK jurisdiction.
Both the medication have minimal side effect; however, these medications should be used only during emergency. The most common type of side effects are irregular bleeding, vomiting, headache, lower abdomen pain, dizziness and late period.
It is important that if you experience any vomiting within 3 hours of taking emergency contraception, that you repeat the dose again.