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Emergency Contraception.

emergency contraceptionIf you have had unprotected sex or you know that a contraception device has failed and you don’t wish to become pregnant then emergency contraception is available.

There are two forms of emergency contraception and both must be accessed as quickly as possible following intercourse. Please note that the Crisis Pregnancy Centre can not provide these contraceptives - see below for services that can help.  

Progestogen – only Emergency Pills – These are available via a family planning/sexual health clinic, pharmacist or GP. They must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex but ideally within 24hrs of sexual intercourse for optimum efficiency. This type of emergency contraception comes in the form of two pills, to be taken together. They work in one of three ways; they stop ovulation (egg being released), delay ovulation or prevent a fertilised egg settling in your womb. The important point to remember with this method of emergency contraception is that the earlier it is taken after intercourse the better.

The following link might be helpful in providing more information:

NHS Direct Information Site - www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

The Copper IUD – This emergency method can be used up to five days after unprotected sex however it must be fitted by a trained nurse or doctor from a family planning/sexual health clinic. It works by preventing a fertilised egg from implanting in the womb. This is the most effective method of emergency contraception at 98% reliable compared to the pills above that, if taken early, are only 95% reliable. There is a small chance of infection when the IUD is fitted and there may be some discomfort initially but an IUD can be left in and used as a long term method of contraception.

The following link might be helpful in providing more information:

NHS Direct Information Site - www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk