It is well within a woman’s right to ask their partner to wear a condom before sex. Sometimes, however, you can get caught in the heat of the moment and end up going for it unprotected. When faced with this emergency, there are three kinds of emergency contraception available in the UK that you can use — Levonelle, ellaOne, or a copper coil (IUD).
There are two types of morning after pill – Levonelle and ellaOne – which provide protection against unwanted pregnancy by delaying and/or preventing your ovaries from releasing an egg. For Levonelle to be effective it must be taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex, and ellaOne within 120hrs. A copper coil or IUD releases copper ions that prevent a fertilized egg from implanting itself in your uterus. Unlike Levonelle and ellaOne, you have to ask a trained medical professional to fit the IUD as it has to be implanted internally. If you choose to have an IUD, it must be fitted within the 96 hours of having had unprotected sex.
Whether it’s an IUD, ellaOne, or Levonelle that you choose, these contraceptives are typically available at your nearest pharmacy. You can also get a prescription from your GP to get free emergency contraception on the NHS. However, some women feel uncomfortable going to their family doctor or talking to a pharmacist for personal reasons. Due to extended waiting times many women are also unable to obtain appointments with their GP at short notice, and others are unable to take time off work to attend an appointment. Fortunately, there are other places where you can go to obtain emergency contraception at short notice.
Go to clinics that cater to family planning and sexual health
Some clinics specialize in sexual health and contraception, often referred to as GUM clinics. You can go to these clinics to obtain urgent contraception for free. These clinics are the best places to go when looking to have an IUD fitted. Unlike with your GP, you don’t have to set an appointment. All you have to do is walk in the door!
Nevertheless, you may have to wait for your turn to be seen. You may also have to travel to these clinics if there aren’t any near your area. You will also have to speak to someone face-to-face about your situation. Click here to find your nearest GUM clinic.
Brook centres are another option
If there is a Brook centre close to where you live, you can choose to visit this centre instead. Brook centres are special advisory institutes that primarily serve young women, particularly those under the age of 25. You can ask for free emergency contraception from these centres similar to what sexual health clinics also provide. The only problem is that you may have to set up an appointment in advance if the Brook centre in your area is busy. You will also have to talk to someone in person to be able to access the most suitable treatment for you. Click here to find your nearest Brook Centre.
NHS walk-in clinics and minor injury units also offer contraceptives
Those who live in England can obtain emergency contraception from NHS walk-in clinics. Minor injury units of the NHS can also give England residents emergency contraception. But similarly, with Brook centres, you may have to sit in the waiting area before you are called in. If you’re not in a rush, you can still get emergency contraception within the day of your visit. Click here to find your nearest NHS walk-in centre.
There are online medical services that sell contraception
The problem with all these alternatives so far is that all of these will require you to speak with someone face-to-face. Additionally, you may have to travel and wait if you decide to go to these places to get contraceptives. If you’re looking for something more confidential but also convenient, you can safely buy emergency contraception online at Smart Chemist.
Just visit our website, complete a short medical questionnaire, and have your emergency contraceptives discreetly wrapped and delivered to your doorstep. That way, you don’t have to feel embarrassed in front of someone, all the while getting your contraception as soon as you need it. You can also buy a standby supply of the morning after pill online – giving you the freedom to make life work around you. Place an order with Smart Chemist online today to have the morning-after pill delivered to you tomorrow.
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