Morning After Pill

Emergency contraception that can be used within a few days of unprotected sex.

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The morning after pill is taken as emergency contraception soon after sex to reduce the risk of pregnancy and can be taken 3 or up to 5 days after sex, depending on the type of pill. It is usually effective, but not always and should not be used as regular contraception. The morning after pill is for emergency contraception only. It doesn't protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

You might use the morning after pill if:

  • You had unprotected sex
  • You missed one or more of your usual contraceptive pills
  • You have been vomiting, had diarrhoea or have taken antibiotics, which can all stop your usual contraceptive pills from working
  • The condom broke during sex
  • You were sexually assaulted

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