How to get the morning after pill during coronavirus lockdown – The Sun

AS COUPLES spend more and more time locked down together due to the coronavirus the prospect of an unplanned pregnancy seems even more likely.

Many couples who have exhausted each and every series on Netflix may instead be using the time during lockdown to experiment with their partners. 

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But what happens if you’re caught out? The morning after pill is still available online and in pharmacies up and down the UK, experts said.

Women who need to use the morning after pill can visit their local pharmacy as soon as possible after the event and will be able to purchase the pill in store as a prescription is not required.

If you are unable to leave your home because you are self-isolating then you are also able to order the morning after pill online from reputable pharmacies such as Superdrug and Lloyds.

However, it’s worth noting that if you order the pill online you then need to take it in the optimal time window in order to make sure the medication is effective.

The pill needs to be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex and has to be taken within 120 hours for pills such as ulipristal acetate, sold under the brand Ella and 72 hours for other options such as levonorgestrel, sold under the brand Plan B and others.

Pharmacist Deborah Evans highlighted that women need to remember that such medication can also be purchased in advance, keeping you protected in emergency situations.

What are the side effects of using the morning after pill?

While there are no serious or long last effects for those who chose to use the morning after pill it's worth bearing the below in mind so you can be prepared.

Common side affects include:

  • headache
  • feeling or being sick, it's worth noting that if you are sick within two hours of taking the pill then you need to seek medical attention as you may need to have another pill
  • tummy pain
  • changes to your next period (it may come earlier or later than usual)

If you symptoms persist you can call 111 for advice, or in an emergnecy call 999.

If your symtpoms continue for more than a few days you should see your GP.

Speaking to Cosmopolitan she said: “Emergency hormonal contraception can be purchased in advance, and this may be an option for women to consider to make a purchase online."

This is while a spokesperson for one brand ellaOne Direct said it’s critical people who need the morning after pill are not discouraged from accessing it due to strict lockdown measures.

Pharmacies in the UK remain open and have implemented strict social distancing measures for customers to adhere to.

Experts at the United Nations have claimed that if the virus lockdown continues for another six months then there could be seven million unintended pregnancies worldwide.

This is while birth control app Natural Cycles said there had been a two per cent reduction in the amount of users opting to plan for a pregnancy.

This may be true for more westernised countries but women in middle-income countries have less access to modern contraception and 47 million women in 114 such countries would be able to access affordable contraception.


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