We have a range of safe and regulated Morning After Pill available to suit your needs.
Our expert team has put together some handy information to answer questions you might have.
There are two brands of the morning after pill available; Levonelle and ellOne. Levonelle contains levonorgestrel, a synthetic version of the naturally occurring hormone in your body called progesterone. Levonelle tricks your body into thinking it has ovulated already so it does not release another egg. It also helps thicken the lining of the womb to make it more difficult for sperm to pass from the vagina. Levonelle comes as a single dose tablet and is not a substitute for a contraceptive pill. EllaOne contains the active ingredient Ulipristal Acetate and works in a similar manner to Levonelle.
Both levonelle and ellaOne come as a single dose tablet and taken with a glass of water.
If your period arrives as expected then the pill has worked, although the period can be early or late. If your period is delayed for more than 7 days then speak to a doctor to check if you are pregnant.
Levonelle can be taken up to 3 days (72 hours) after having unprotected sex and ellaOne can be taken until 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex. In either case, the sooner you take it the more effective the pill is likely to be.
If you find it embarrassing and awkward to speak to a GP or pharmacist face to face, you can order the morning after pill online using an online doctor and pharmacy service like Dr Felix. The price online can be cheaper than buying it over the counter and with heavy regulation on the sale of prescription medicine online, you can get genuine medicine safely and quickly delivered to your door. If you are comfortable with a face to face consultation then you can also buy it from your local pharmacy or request your GP for it.
You can get the pill or other emergency contraception like IUDs free from your regular doctor or a local GUM / sexual health clinic or family planning clinics.
If you are trying to get it from your GP then yes an appointment in advance is needed, for pharmacies there is no need for an appointment. If you would like to the pill for free then you will need to check with your local GUM clinic as they can have different protocols in different places. You can usually check on their website for drop in sessions also which run weekly at the same time, in case this might work out faster than getting an appointment.
If you are too busy to attend an appointment you can possibly purchase the morning after pill from a local stockists, but beware of the price as it can vary from place to place. For example:
You must be over the age of 16 to buy the pill over the counter. If you are under 16 you must make an appointment to see your doctor or local family planning / GUM clinic. Anyone under the age of 18 is unable to buy the pill online due to legal reason. What are the chances of becoming pregnant after unprotected sex? The chances of becoming pregnant are very high if you have had unprotected sex. Even if you were on your period it is still possible to become pregnant as it is difficult to pinpoint exactly when your ovulation occurs. It is always better to err on the cautious side and use contraception.
The morning after pill is the first emergency contraception option to avoid becoming pregnant, if you disregard the morning after pill then the only other option left is abortion. Abortion pill is a stronger dose and has more prominent side effects such as bleeding and stomach cramps, it usually also causes emotional distress to the woman as a result.
No, there are many myths and scary stories about the morning after pill but as long as you are only using the pill for an emergency, it has no serious long term effects on your health.
Levonelle might not work if you were sick within 2 hours of taking it. Speak to your GP if this happens, if you are past the 72 hour window he may offer a second dose of ellaOne or suggest getting a coil fitted.
For emergency cases, Levonelle and ellaOne are the two morning after pills available in the UK. Levonelle can be taken up to 72 hours after the incident and ellaOne can be taken up to 120 hours after having unprotected sex.
If you had unprotected sex more than 72 hours ago, you may opt for ellaOne. EllaOne can be taken up to 5 days after the incident and is very effective within the 5 day time-frame. You can also have a coil fitted (IUD) up to 5 days after sex, which also covers you for any other future incidents unless you have it removed.
The morning after pill is not intended for regular use, but you can keep one in stock to ensure that you have one to hand if you need it. The morning after pill is more effective the earlier you take it, so keeping one at home is a great way to ensure you get maximum effectiveness from the pill. If you do buy a morning after pill to store at home, it is important that you check the use-by date regularly and never take any medication that is past the use-by date as it may be less effective or even dangerous.
The morning after pill is suitable for most women including women on oral contraception and breastfeeding. As long you restart your regular oral contraceptive pill within 12 hours and if breastfeeding then don’t do any feeds for 8 hours after taking the pill. If you suffer from a digestive problem and might not be able to absorb the pill for it to be effective, speak to your GP about having a coil fitted. Always read the patient information leaflet before taking any medicine for more detailed information.
Levonelle may cause you to feel slightly sick, a headache, stomach pain and dizziness. EllaOne can cause the same short term effects like Levonelle along with others such as mood changes, pain in your back and pelvis and period pain. There are no known long term side effects for ellaOne.
Yes, if you are taking any medicine for acid reflux, tuberculosis, HIV or epilepsy then speak to your GP since some medicine used to treat these conditions can interact with levonelle.
The morning after pill, sometimes called Plan B, is a contraceptive pill that works on several different levels to prevent a pregnancy before it happens. Not many people understand the actual mechanics of this drug and how it works within their body. It’s a good idea to know what the drugs you take do to you, so you can be prepared for the side effects and so you can judge for yourself whether you really want to be taking them or not.
Both Levonelle and ellaOne are considered to be 95% effective 12 hours after unprotected sex. After 48 hours, the effectiveness of Levonelle is reduced to 58%. However ellaOne, is up to 95% effective up to 120 hours after intercourse. So if it has been over 12 hours since the unprotected sex, ellaOne may be more effective. As neither of these methods is 100% effective, it is advised that you use contraceptives, such as condoms or the pill, to prevent pregnancy.
The morning after pill is an emergency contraceptive. This means it is designed to be used on a one-off basis, when you have forgotten to use other forms of birth control or your contraceptives have not been effective i.e. torn condom. Due to the high levels of hormones, it’s not something you should be taking regularly; so, if you are planning to use it as your default contraceptive while engaging in regular intercourse, then you might want to rethink your strategy.
The side effects of the morning after pill may vary depending upon which one you take. Levonelle and ellaOne contain different active ingredients, therefore their mechanism of action and side effects can be different. Common side effects of Levonelle are headache, nausea and depression (sometimes severe). Some other side effects such as breast discomfort, changes in libido, dizziness, fatigue, changes in appetite, skin disorders and menstrual changes can also occur, although their frequency is not yet known.
Whether you’re trying to get pregnant and you want to know what to expect, or if you’re worried you might be pregnant and want to know how to spot it, we’ve put together a timeline of the early signs of pregnancy, to help you. The timings given here are approximations only and may vary from person to person due to individual differences. If you think you may be pregnant, a pregnancy test is the most reliable method to be sure.
It is possible to take the morning after pill twice in one week, but it is not recommended for regular use. The morning after pill contains a very high dose of hormones. If taken occasionally, the hormones should not be in your body long enough to cause any harmful effects. However, if taken regularly, the high hormone levels, could cause negative effects on your body. The exact effects of long-term use of the morning after pill, have not yet been clarified, so if you need to take the morning after pill more than twice a month, it is recommended that you use a more suitable method of contraception.
The effects of long-term use of the morning after pill have not yet been fully assessed, therefore it is not recommended for regular use as it could be dangerous to your health. If you take the morning after pill more than twice a month, you should consider using a more suitable form of contraception instead.
For the most accurate results, It is advised that you take a pregnancy test one week after your first missed period, although taking a pregnancy test on the first day of your missed period can also be reliable.
A woman is most fertile around ovulation, when an egg is released from the ovaries. If the woman has a normal 28-day menstrual cycle, the ovulation would occur approximately 12-14 days before the start of her next period. A woman is most likely to get pregnant if she has sex 1-2 days either side of when she is expected to ovulate. However, sperm can survive in the body for up to 7 days, so it is possible to get pregnant if you have sex up to a week before ovulation.
No method of contraception is 100% effective. Sometimes contraceptive methods don’t work due to faulty manufacturing, individual biological differences or incorrect use. With this in mind, contraceptives often have two measures of effectiveness: perfect use and typical use. Perfect use, refers to the effectiveness of the contraceptive if it is always used correctly. Typical use indicates the effectiveness of the contraceptive, taking into account human error i.e. forgetting a pill, taking a pill at the wrong time, not using a condom correctly etc.
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