Accidents can happen! Nobody is perfect and you’re only human after all. Sometimes when we’re in the moment a condom can break or we simply forget to use one. If you take the contraceptive pill, you might have forgotten a dose. If any of these happen, don’t panic! That’s where emergency contraception comes in.
There are various types of emergency contraception, including morning after pills like ellaOne®. And did you know that ellaOne® can be bought online? In addition to this, ellaone® can be effective up to 5 days after unprotected sex (but is more effective the sooner you take it).
Having a conversation about emergency contraception might be a little more daunting than one about regular contraception. Emergency contraception is for emergency use, so by nature it’s not something you tend to plan for. It’s good to know what your options are in advance, however, so if you ever find yourself in that position then you can make an informed decision. If you’re not sure how to discuss emergency contraception with your partner, we urge you to follow the same advice as for birth control in general – sit your partner down and explain what is happening, how you’re feeling and open the discussion for potential solutions.
If you follow these steps in a calm and collected way (or as calm and collected a way as possible), you should end up with everyone on the same page and a decision you’re both comfortable with. Hopefully this can pre-empt a further discussion about how to avoid such situations in the future, or even what you might do differently if a similar situation were to arise again. Turns out having a back up contraceptive plan can be sexy, too!
Remember: despite what some people may think, the morning after pill is not an abortion pill. It doesn’t interrupt an existing pregnancy and it works by delaying ovulation. You don’t need anyone’s permission or knowledge to access emergency contraception as it’s your body, but it might feel good to share your experience with a partner so they can support you.