The "Morning After Pill"
(ECP, Emergency Contraceptive Pill)
If you have had unprotected sex and are worried about becoming pregnant, you may want to take the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) a.k.a ‘Morning After Pill’. Our accredited pharmacists will assess if you are suitable to take the ECP during a private consultation.
**A consultation does not guarantee supply.
How it works:
The ECP works by delaying the release of egg from ovary until sperm are no longer active & changing the lining of your uterus so a fertilised egg cannot implant and develop.
The ECP will be most effective if you take it as soon as possible after unprotected sexual intercourse
Studies have shown: the tablet could prevent 95% of expected pregnancies when taken within 24 hours of sex
85% if taken within 25-48 hours
58% if taken within 49-72 hours
It is not effective if taken afer 72 hours
Information that you may need to know:
Pharmacist consultation with the patient is required before supplying
* Phone consultation may be arranged if necessary
You can take the medication at any point in your menstrual cycle.
ECP is generally safe to take while breastfeeding, however, check with your doctor or lead maternity carer (LMC) if you are concerned.
Best to be taken with food as some people may experience side effects such as nausea or vomiting.
This is NOT to be used as a method of regular contraception.
It does NOT protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STI).
If your next period is late, best to take a pregnancy test three to four weeks after having taken the ECP.