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Morning After Pill

Information about the morning after pill

Contraceptive accidents happen to most couples at some point. It happens so easily: a condom gets torn, a daily contraceptive pill is missed, or you just get caught up in the moment. While it’s important to use contraception, especially if you’re sleeping with a new partner, we all know that life doesn't always go to plan.

If you've had unprotected sex, a morning after pill can help to prevent you from becoming pregnant. Also known as emergency contraception, this pill works by changing your hormonal balance so an egg won’t become fertilised. There are two pills available: Levonelle and ellaOne. They can both be ordered from Onlineclinic as a precautionary measure, so that you are prepared if a contraceptive accident occurs.

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    What morning after pills are available?

    Levonelle is the standard morning after pill, which is effective for up to 72 hours (three days) after pregnancy. Levonelle is considered to be 95% effective if taken during the first 24 hours after intercourse, 85% effective if taken between 25 and 48 hours after, and 58% effective during 49 and 72 hours after intercourse. Levonelle is safe for most women to take and causes only mild nausea as a side effect.

    ellaOne is a new contraceptive pill which works for up 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex. It’s thought to be 98% effective; only two in every 100 women who took this morning after pill during clinical trials became pregnant. It has also been proven to prevent more pregnancies than Levonelle during the first 72 hours.

    When should you use the morning after pill?

    You should take an emergency contraceptive pill as soon as possible after you have had unprotected sex or your contraception has failed. You can only buy Levonelle or ellaOne online if you are over 18. If you are younger, you should visit your local doctor or family planning clinic. Our service is available to women who want to purchase a morning after pill as a precautionary measure. If you require emergency contraception immediately, this service is not recommended for you.

    How do morning after pills work?

    Both Levonelle and ellaOne provide contraception by affecting the way that hormones work within your ovaries. Levonelle is made with a synthetic hormone called levonorgestrel, which interferes with ovulation during the early stages of an egg’s development. ellaOne uses ulipristal, which is a progesterone receptor and prevents the release of an egg from the ovaries.

    Is there an alternative to a morning after pill?

    An available alternative to contraceptive pills is an IUD. An IUD is shaped like a small T and is made of plastic or copper. It’s fitted to the opening of the womb by a doctor or nurse and prevents sperm from entering. IUDs are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy if fitted within five days after unprotected sex. Unlike morning after pills, IUDs can be used for long term prevention against conception, for as long as 10 years in some cases. The procedure, however, is not commonly performed at local clinics and a small number of women find IUDs uncomfortable.

    Should I still use regular contraception after taking a morning after pill?

    Yes. An emergency contraceptive pill cannot be taken more than once during a menstrual cycle. If you have unprotected intercourse again during this period, you will not be able to prevent pregnancy with a morning after pill. We recommend using a barrier contraceptive, even if you are using birth control pills, to ensure the best possible level of protection until your next menstrual cycle.

    Can contraceptive pills protect against sexually transmitted infections.

    No. You must still use sensible precautions to protect yourself against contracting an STI.

    Can you buy a morning after pill online?

    Onlineclinic offers both Levonelle and ellaOne for you to purchase online, as a precautionary measure, so you are prepared for a contraceptive accident if it occurs. When you place an order, you will need to answer a few medical questions as part of our online consultation. These questions are similar to the ones a doctor or pharmacist would ask if you visited them in person to request a morning after pill. Our doctor will check the online consultation, and approve a morning after pill if it is right for you to take. Your order will then be dispatched from our pharmacy for free overnight delivery.