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Everything you need to know about the morning-after pill

The morning after-pill is a type of emergency contraception that’s used after unprotected sex that aims to prevent pregnancy.

Here’s everything you need to know:

What is it?

There are two different products that we refer to when we talk about the moringa after pill.

One is called LNG-ECP and is a levonorgestrel emergency contraceptive pill that can be used up to 3 days (72 hours) after unprotected sex.

The other product is a dose of ulipristal acetate that can be used up to 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex.

Both are single-dose pills that are available from your pharmacy without a prescription.

What is it for?

The morning after pill is designed to be used after unprotected sex with the aim of preventing pregnancy.

It can be used in a variety of different situations including when another form of contraception fails (such as a condom breaking or forgetting to take the pill), or in the event that no method of contraception is used.

It does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

How does it work?

The morning-after pill works by delaying or stopping the process of ovulation (where an egg is released by the ovaries).

When do I take it?

In order to be most effective, you need to take the morning-after pill as soon as possible after unprotected sex.

However, depending on the product, it can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex. Your pharmacist will advise you on when you should take the pill.

How can I get it?

To get the morning-after pill, you can visit one of our trained pharmacists.

We understand that speaking about your sex life with a stranger can be uncomfortable. That’s why emergency contraception discussions are private and will take place in a separate part of the pharmacy or a consulting room. If you would prefer to speak to a woman, a female pharmacist is often available.

You’ll need to participate in a short discussion with the pharmacist to ensure that the product is safe and appropriate for you.

You can rest assured that the pharmacy is a judgement-free zone and our pharmacists are committed to keeping your conversation confidential and making you feel as comfortable as possible.

What are the side effects?

Emergency contraception is considered safe. However, some women do report symptoms including:

● Sore breasts

● Nausea

● Headache

● Dizziness

● Abdominal cramps or pain

● Altered bleeding patterns

If you do throw up after taking the pill, you will need to take another one in order for it to be effective.

How effective is it?

The morning-after pill does not prevent all pregnancies. Its effectiveness varies depending on a range of factors, including how soon the pill is taken after unprotected sex.

Where can I find more information?

To find out more about the morning-after pill, including whether it’s appropriate for you, speak to your local Capital Chemist pharmacist.


Acknowledgement of Country

Capital Chemist acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate, live and gather as employees, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.