Morning-After Pill Treatments
Morning-After Pill Treatments
If your regular contraceptive has let you down, or if youíve had unprotected sex and you are worried that you may fall pregnant, there are emergency contraceptive pills and devices available that can stop you from falling pregnant. Below youíll find information on emergency contraceptive pills and devices, which can either provide an immediate or long-term solution.
ellaOne and Levonelle One step are versions of what is known as the morning-after pill or emergency contraceptive pill, which you take after youíve had unprotected sex to stop you from falling pregnant. Levonelle can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex and ellaOne, the latest emergency contraceptive pill, can be taken up to 120 hours afterwards. Just like Levonelle however, ellaOne is more effective the sooner you take it. An IUD or intrauterine device is also known as a form of emergency contraception, although itís not as popular as the morning-after pill. IUDs can be fitted in the womb up to five days after unprotected sex, and can provide long term benefits, although it involves a more complicated procedure.
Levonelle One Step
The Levonelle emergency contraceptive pill should preferably be taken no later than 12 hours after unprotected sex, as this is when it will be at its most effective. You can however take it up until three days after the risky event. Levonelle contains the active ingredient levonorgestrel, a synthetic version of the female sex hormone progestogen. This ingredient makes the body think that ovulation has already happened. It also makes it impossible for an egg to attach itself to the womb lining and prevents sperm from reaching the womb by thickening the cervical mucous.
You can take this emergency contraceptive pill at any point during your menstrual cycle, but you shouldnít take it if your period is already overdue. Rather speak to your doctor to rule out the chance of you already being pregnant. After taking this emergency contraceptive pill, you should use condoms until your next period, even if you are already using a hormonal contraceptive.
The emergency contraceptive pill ellaOne can be taken up to 120 hours after unprotected sex or if your regular contraceptive has let you down. Clinical studies show that out of every 100 women, only two will become pregnant if ellaOne is taken within the prescribed five-day time frame. Ulipristal acetate is the active ingredient in ellaOne, and is very similar to levonorgestrel. But this version of progestogen delays the release of an egg, rather than interfere with the early stages of ovulation. ellaOne is effective at stopping pregnancy for longer than the emergency contraceptive pill Levonelle, however itís still important to take it as soon as possible after youíve had unprotected sex.
The IUD is a very effective alternative to the emergency contraceptive pill, and is a very small plastic and copper device that needs to be placed in the womb to stop you from falling pregnant. IUDs are T-shaped devices with one or two small plastic threads that are pulled if the device needs to be removed. Just like the emergency contraceptive pills, the IUD stops sperm from entering the womb, and it also affects cervical fluids and the womb lining so an egg canít attach itself and grow.
IUDs are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy, but it needs be inserted by a doctor or gynaecologist at your local family planning clinic, as most GPs and gynaecologists at regular practices donít have the experience to fit an IUD. Although the IUD is effective as an emergency as well as a long-term contraceptive, it can cause discomfort during and after itís been inserted.
Are these emergency contraceptive pills available online?
These emergency contraceptive pills are available to order online from HealthExpress.eu, but just as a precaution. If you need immediate help, itís best to speak to your doctor or pharmacist. You may be able to order ellaOne or Levonelle after completing an online consultation. The consultation will only be viewed by our doctor, and will ask you questions about your current health and medical history. If your consultation is approved, our doctor will notify you via email and youíll be able to buy the emergency contraceptive pill that is best suited to you online.