“Emergency hormonal contraception is not always 100% effective dependent on a number of factors including how long it is taken after unprotected sex, and when it is taken according to your menstrual cycle. However, it will have no long-term effect on your future fertility. It is important to remember that the only method of contraception that also protects against STIs is condoms,” says Sam.
The morning after pill works by delaying ovulation, so it will not be effective if you have already ovulated. The contraceptive pill, which is a daily contraceptive option, prevents ovulation and, as you take the pill daily, it continues to prevent you from ovulating unless you decide to come off the pill.
Emergency contraception is only intended for emergency situations, like if your condom broke, if you missed your pill or if you had unprotected sex. As it is intended to be used after the sex rather than a preventive method before the sex, it should not be used as a regular method of contraception.
If you are interested in trying a contraceptive pill as your regular contraceptive method, you might be interested to know that you can now purchase some progestogen-only pills, like Hana®, over the pharmacy counter without needing to wait for a doctors appointment. The pharmacist will have a consultation with you to see if the progestogen-only pill is suitable for you.
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