The free morning after pill is now available at King’s Pharmacy in Birmingham!
How Does EHC Work?
Emergency Hormonal Contraception works to prevent pregnancy following unprotected sex. It works by delaying the release of an egg during the ovulation phase of your menstrual cycle. During the menstrual cycle, increasing levels of luteinising hormone (LH) inside your body triggers ovulation. The higher the levels of LH, the less effective EHC can be.
Due to this, it is vital to take the morning after pill as soon as possible after sexual intercourse.
There are two common types of emergency contraception:
- – EllaOne
- – Levonorgestrel.
Levonorgestrel has been shown to be less effective once LH levels increase in comparison to ellaOne which has been proven to still be effective later on along the menstrual cycle.
What Are The Side Effects?
The common side effects of taking emergency contraception are:
- – Irregular bleeding
- – Nausea
- – Headaches
- – Abdominal or period pain.
Can Men Buy Emergency Contraception?
No. Only women can purchase emergency contraception.
Emergency contraception needs to be collected in the pharmacy, however, you can order and collect the tablets on the same day to ensure maximum success. Prior to purchasing EHC, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire to check your suitability for the product. This aims to make sure that you are safe and well in order to take the medication.
Can EHC Protect Me From STIs?
In short, no. This is a form of emergency contraception that aims towards pregnancy prevention, EHC does not protect against STIs or STDs.
To help prevent catching or spreading a sexually-transmitted disease or infection, you must practice safe sex.
What Is Safe Sex?
Safe sex is where people use condoms or other forms of safe sex products to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and infections.
If you or your partner is allergic to latex condoms, polyurethane condoms are available so there is no excuse for making sure you and your partner are safe and healthy!
We Are Here For You!
Kings Pharmacy is here for you, no matter what support, guidance, or advice you need about the free morning after pill available in Birmingham.
To speak to one of our sexual health experts Contact us today!