How it works?
Emergency Hormonal Contraceptive Pills (EHC) can:
- Delay ovulation (an egg being released) and
- 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%.
What makes it less effective?
- Delay in taking the pill after unprotected sex
- Vomiting within 3 hours of taking the pill
- Having unprotected sex after taking the pill
If vomiting occurs within 3 hours of taking the pill then you should seek advice from a doctor or nurse.
……….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.