Contraceptive Failure or having unprotected sex can be stressful. The risk of pregnancy can be reduced by taking the emergency contraceptive pill. The sooner the emergency contraceptive pill is taken the more effective it is. As getting to the Doctor is not always possible or practical our accredited ECP pharmacists are available to provide you with a consultation and are able to dispense the ECP if it is appropriate for you.
The ECP’s effectiveness
The emergency contraceptive pill will be most effective if you take it as soon as possible after unprotected sex. Taking the ECP within 24 hours is best, but it can prevent pregnancy if taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. It’s important to note that the ECP does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Possible side effects
You may experience the following side effects but they should resolve within a few days: Breast tenderness, Dizziness, Headache, Nausea, Tiredness, Vomiting. If vomiting occurs within three hours of taking the ECP, another dose should be taken immediately.