Understanding the Risks of Unprotected Sex: What to Do Next?
If you’ve had unprotected sex, don’t panic, because our comprehensive guide covers all effective options to help you make informed decisions about your sexual health.
What is unprotected sex?
Typically, unprotected sex refers to any sexual activity without using contraception or a barrier method like a condom. It can increase the risk of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Even if you are in a committed relationship and have been tested for STIs, because unprotected sex can still put you at risk. Therefore, it’s essential always to use protection to protect yourself and your partner from unwanted consequences.
What should I do if I’ve had unprotected sex?
If you have had unprotected sex, there are multiple approaches for you. Consider effective options such as:
- Get tested for STIs immediately to ensure you are not infected. You may visit your sexual health clinic or talk to your GP about getting tested.
- Consider taking emergency contraception, which can prevent pregnancy up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. You can get emergency contraception from a sexual health clinic, pharmacy, or GP.
How can I protect myself from unwanted pregnancy?
There are several methods of contraception available to help prevent unwanted pregnancies. These include:
- Barrier methods – condoms and diaphragms.
- Hormonal methods – the pill and the implant
- Long-acting reversible methods – intrauterine device (IUD) and contraceptive injection.
Nevertheless, choosing a method that is right for you and using it consistently and correctly is essential.
How can I avoid getting pregnant after unprotected sex?
If you have had unprotected sex, you may opt for several options to avoid getting pregnant.
Initially, you may take emergency contraception up to 72 hours after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.
However, the most effective form of emergency contraception is the copper IUD, which can be inserted up to 5 days after unprotected sex.
Yet, it’s essential to act quickly and seek advice from your local sexual health clinic, pharmacy, or GP.
How can I avoid getting an STI?
The most effective way to avoid getting an STI is to use barrier methods of contraception, such as condoms, during sexual activity. Also, getting regular STI tests is equally important, especially if you have multiple sexual partners or have had unprotected sex. To learn more about STI’s, read our blog here.
Knowing where to go for the best options is essential if you need emergency contraception. At Kings Pharmacy, we offer a range of emergency contraceptives, which are highly effective in preventing pregnancy. Our pharmacist team always provides confidential advice and guidance on the best option for you. Contact us today to learn more and get the emergency contraception you need.