Learn More About the Morning After Pill
Most frequent questions and answers about the morning after pill
The morning after pill is a form of emergency contraceptive that can be used after unprotected sex in order to prevent pregnancy.
Homones within the morning after pill prevent or delay ovulation.
There are two types of morning after pill, ellaOne and Levonelle.
To decide which pill is most effective for you, talk to your pharmacist or doctor. An online consultation using e-Surgery’s “ask a pharmacist” service is also available.
Levonelle contains levonorgestrel, which affects your ability to ovulate – preventing you from getting pregnant.
ellaOne contains ulipristal acetate, which delays ovary egg release – preventing you from getting pregnant.
The morning after pill does not protect you from any STIs. If you have had unprotected sex and are worried you may have caught an STI, you should contact your local GP or sexual health clinic for a test.
Most women can use the morning after pill.
You can not take the morning after pill if you’re allergic to any of the ingradients or are currently taking:
- St John’s Wort
- Epilepsy, HIV or Tuberculosis treatment
- Medicines that reduce stomach acidity
- Uncommon antibiotics
Females that have had unprotected sex in that past 5 or 3 days (ellaOne or Levonelle, respectively). You should not use the morning after pill as a regular form of contraception.
Levonelle needs to be taken within 3 days of unprotected sex for it to be effective.
ellaOne needs to be taken within 5 days of unprotected sex for it to be effective.
Both morning after pills are more effective the sooner you take it following unprotected sex.