The importance of good, dependable protection during sex is very important, though sometimes this cannot always be the case. In certain situations, people are not as careful as they can be and this could be down to an error of judgement or a problem with other types of contraception, whether it is a split condom or forgetting to take other contraceptive pills. If this happens to you, you can still seek help the following day to ensure that an accidental pregnancy is not on the cards.
Acting quickly and using emergency contraception such as the The Morning after pill at Lloyds Pharmacy is a must if you want to stop this situation from arising. These tablets are available from a number of health outlets, such as pharmacies and private clinics.
The morning after pill stops ovaries from releasing an egg in the ovulation process. By thickening the mucus in the neck of the womb, this offering makes it much harder for sperm to penetrate past it and reach an egg. On top of this, the lining of the womb is thinned to make sure there is even less chance of a fertilised egg implanting into the womb, if a sperm is successful.
This drug can be used up to five days – 120 hours – after unprotected sex. The sooner it is taken, the more likely a person can prevent pregnancy. It can also be taken more than once during a menstrual cycle but does not stop people getting pregnant during the rest of the cycle. It is not advised as an alternative form of contraception either, as regular use can result in severe disruptions to the natural menstrual cycle. Emergency contraceptive pills do not protect against sexually-transmitted infections, including gonorrhoea and chlamydia.
The morning after pill’s effectiveness solely depends on how quickly a woman takes it after unprotected sex. Within 12 to 24 hours of sex, a tablet gives them the best chance of preventing pregnancy, when it is 95 per cent effective. It is 85 per cent effective when swallowed between 24 and 48 hours, as well as 58 per cent effective should it be taken between 48 and 72 hours after sex.