'Yes, most women can safely use emergency contraceptive pills – even if you have been told that the hormones found in oral contraceptives could increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, heart disease, or other cardiovascular problems. Medical experts agree that when used as emergency contraception, the estrogen and progestin do not carry the same risks as taking the birth control pill every day.
If your health care provider has said you should absolutely avoid estrogen, you can probably still use one of the three other types of emergency contraception: progestin-only emergency contraceptive pills (like Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, Next Choice or Levonorgestrel Tablets), ulipristal acetate (ella) or the Copper-T IUD.
Emergency contraceptive pills ("morning after pills" or "day after pills") have no long term or serious side effects although you might experience some minor side effects... '
This extract was taken from the Princeton website.
If you want a non-hormonal emergency contraceptive, you could use the IUD/Coil (there is a non-hormonal type). This can be fitted by a doctor within 5 days of the unprotected sex, & takes a couple of minutes to insert into your uterus. It can also be left in place for longer term contraception. Some people like to use this method as well as Plan B/EllaOne, because it provides double the chance of preventing pregnancy.
- Plan B Information for Consumers
- Plan B Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Plan B (detailed)
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