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Why Buying Your Emergency Contraception In Advance Is a Good Idea

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Modern contraceptives are, by and large, a highly effective means of avoiding unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. But even for the most cautious of us, mistakes can happen.

However, if it isn’t the right time to fall pregnant, there are emergency contraception medications available in the form of the morning after pill. But, to ensure the desired effect, they do need to be taken as soon as possible after intercourse; preferably within 24 hours, although some can now be taken up to 72 hours later.

As a result, being prepared for such an event can be the difference between continuing with your current life and starting an unplanned family. Buying in advance online also means you don’t have to make that uncomfortable trip to the doctors the following morning.

There are various forms of the morning after pill available, including EllaOne and Levonelle.

The ingredient that makes up EllaOne is known as ulipristal acetate, which works by altering the lining of womb and delaying egg release. So, by the time ovulation occurs the sperm is no longer capable of making you pregnant.

Levonelle’s active ingredient is levonorgetrel, a synthetic version of progesterone, which is the key hormone in fertilising eggs and facilitating ovulation. The increase in progesterone in the body caused by taking Levonelle simply prevents ovulation.

Although these reactive emergency contraception treatments are highly effective, they aren’t a long-term or a regular contraceptive solution. There are common side-effects associated with taking them such as feeling dizzy and sickly, tiredness, headaches and pain in the lower abdomen or back. Furthermore, as the morning after pill can only be taken once in the same menstrual cycle, you need to be on a regular contraceptive if you are sexually active.

The pill is a very common method and prevents pregnancy in a number of different ways depending upon the brand. Some contain hormones which make the lining of the womb thinner which essentially makes it difficult for a fertilised egg to attach to the uterus. They also make it less likely for the sperm to enter the womb and reach an egg by thickening the mucus in the neck of the womb, hence making it more difficult to conceive.

Others contain the active ingredients ethinylestradiol and gestodene, which artificially act as oestrogen and progesterone, the two sex hormones that naturally occur in the body. This causes the body to think that ovulation has already taken place which essentially prevents an egg from developing and being released into the ovaries.

Other options such as condoms and implants simply prevent sperm reaching the egg altogether, while condoms also help prevent the spreading of STI’s.

These forms of contraception are highly effective in 99% of cases, but alterations in the routine and time of taking the pill can reduce its impact, while condoms have been known to split. Consequently, the morning after pill is something to keep in the bedside table should the worst happen.*

In the meantime, if you’re planning on having unprotected sex, or you think you could be in a situation where unprotected sex could happen, take a look at our selection of oral contraceptives to find a solution that suits you.

*https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4216625/

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