How it works?
Emergency Hormonal Contraceptive Pills (EHC) can:
- Delay ovulation (an egg being released)
- Prevent an egg being fertilised
It is not an abortion.
- Does not affect future fertility
- You can purchase the EHC from the pharmacist without seeing a nurse/ doctor. Some pharmacies can provide EHC for free – check the details of your local scheme.
Does not protect against STIs and you may experience side effects such as:
- Breast tenderness
- Abdominal pain
- Irregular bleeding
- Fluid retention
Side effects are rare but if they do occur, they usually disappear within 1-2 days.
How effective is it?
The IUD is more effective than the EHC with a success rate of 99%.
Want to talk to somebody about what to do if you have had unprotected sex or your contraception has failed, contact our experienced team for advice and support.