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Emergency contraceptive pill

Fast facts about Emergency Contraception (the morning-after pill):

  • This contraception should only be used as an emergency pill. It is not advisable to use it regularly.
  • Emergency contraception is to be used when: a condom breaks or slips off during sex, another contraceptive method has been defaulted on (e.g. forgot to take pill, missed injection) and in cases of rape.
  • This pill can be taken up to 3-5 days after you have unprotected sex, but it is most effective when taken after 72 hours (3 days).
  • It is free at your local clinic and can be cheap at some pharmacies. 
  • These pills work by delaying ovulation (the release of an egg during the monthly cycle)

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