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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