3 things you should know about emergency contraception

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Your sexual wellbeing is paramount and it’s important that you know how to look after your intimate health – and that includes getting up to speed on your emergency contraception options.

As its pointed out in the ‘Talking Health’ digital magazine from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor, accidents can happen, even if you think you’re being responsible when you’re between the sheets.’For example, a condom can split or you could forget to take a pill. So, if you ever find yourself in a situation like this, it’s essential that you’re clued up when it comes to emergency contraception.

In this blog, we take a look at three things you should know about this treatment.

It’s easily accessible

A misconception among many is that emergency contraception is hard to get hold of. The truth is, there are a range of places where you can access the treatment you need. For example, you can get the intrauterine device (IUD) fitted at your doctor’s surgery or local genitourinary clinic. You can access the morning after pill at these locations too, or you can purchase it from an online pharmacy such as LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor to avoid speaking to someone in person.

There are different types available

Did you know that there are three different types of emergency contraception? These are the the IUD (also known as the emergency coil, and the two versions of the morning after pill, which are called Levonelle and ellaOne.

While each one works to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex, they are different, so it’s important to understand what sets each of these emergency contraception treatments apart. For example, Levonelle and ellaOne are tablets and the IUD is a copper and plastic device which is fitted in the womb. It’s also worth noting that the IUD can be used as a long term method of contraception, while the morning after pill shouldn’t be used continuously.

There can be some side effects

Like with other medications, there can be some side effects when you use emergency contraception. For instance, the morning after pill can cause symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, headaches, irregular periods and tiredness.

If you use the IUD, it’s unlikely you will experience any problems, but it has been known to cause damage to the womb, pain and infection in some cases.

To find out more about your emergency contraception options, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist. Alternatively, you can carry out your own research online.

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