As its name would strongly suggest, the morning after pill is taken by women usually in the morning (but can be taken anytime, and the sooner the better) as an emergency contraceptive against unwanted pregnancy.
The morning after pill is ideal if you have had unprotected sex or if your contraceptive method has failed – such as a condom splitting or you have forgotten to take your regular contraceptive pill.
Most women are able to safely take the emergency contraceptive pill. This includes women who can't use hormonal contraception, such as the combined pill and contraceptive patch.
There are two kinds of emergency contraceptive pill; Levonelle which should be taken within 72 hours (three days) of sex, whilst EllaOne is a bit more flexible, with a time limit of 120 hours (five days) of sex. However, like with any medication, you should always follow the manufacturer’s Patient Information Leaflet (PIL).
Both types of morning after pill work by preventing or delaying ovulation (release of an egg). However, in order to be effective, emergency contraception should always be taken as soon as possible.
It is worth considering that this contraception is tailored for emergency situations and should not be needed regularly. If you do not already take one, it may be beneficial discussing taking ‘the pill’ with your own doctor. Alternatively, if you find you keep forgetting to take your regular pill, this is also something you should discuss with your own doctor, who may recommend alternative contraceptive methods such as the coil, an injection, etc.
Levonelle’s effectiveness at preventing pregnancies is:
- Taken within 24 hours: Up to 95%.
- Taken within 48 hours: Up to 85%.
- Taken within 72 hours: Up to 58%.
EllaOne meanwhile is believed to remain up to 95% effective throughout the 72 hours (five day) window where it can be taken. Buy the morning after pill online following our simple online consultation, in the knowledge of rapid next day delivery to a place of your choosing.
Both types of morning after pill come in just a single tablet form, easily taken with a drink of water. Their high success rates also offer an effective method of preventing an unwanted pregnancy if your regular contraceptive has failed or you have not used protection (such as a condom).
The morning after pill simply provides women with a safe and effective emergency contraception option to have ready when needed, whereas without this emergency option, women may have to consider abortion. This can have long-lasting damaging effects on a woman’s mental wellbeing.