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Emergency contraceptive pills (ECP)

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Emergency contraception (EC) is a dose of  progestogen (levonorgestrel) taken after sexual intercourse to reduce the risk of pregnancy. It's sometimes wrongly called the morning-after pill, because it can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex, although it's more effective the sooner it's taken.

They can be used when a woman has had unprotected sex or when contraception has failed. This could include

  • not using contraception
  • a condom breaking or slipping off, 
  • when more than 2 consecutive  contraceptive pills are forgotten,
  • forced intercourse (rape/sexual assault).

Most women can take Emergency Contraceptive Pills, even women who cannot take oral contraceptive pills, or who get side effects from the Pill such as migraine. You can take the ECP if you are taking oral contraceptive pills.

Emergency Contraceptive Pills are available over the counter at pharmacies in Australila.

More information

For information about emergency contraception have a look at the SHine SA topic Emergency Contraception (EC)

Resources in South Australia

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