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The morning after pill should only be used in emergencies but if you need it, hop to it. Get info on the morning after pill here, including what it does, where to get it and what to do afterwards...
This is contraception we can take AFTER having sex.
Morning-after pills contain hormones to stop ovaries releasing eggs. They also make the womb slippery so fertilised eggs can't stick to it (and can't develop into a baby). The Contraception factfile has info on the IUD.
It's free from your GP or family planning clinic (ask for an immediate appointment). Or over 16s can buy it from most chemists for about L25, or from your local Marie Stopes Centre, usually for less. Some chemists may even provide free morning-after pills, paid for by the NHS. Ask your pharmacist.
Gulp it down. As soon as possible.
Nowadays, most of us only need to take one tablet. Rather than a second, identical tablet 12 hours later. But ask the chemist or doctor and follow the instructions.
You don't need to go back to your doctor or family planning clinic unless you think you might be pregnant (for example, if your period is late or shorter or lighter than usual). The morning-after pill isn't 100% effective, so it's possible. Bear in mind that the hormones in this pill can make your next period different. So don't panic - you may not be pregnant!
Most importantly, get yourself fixed up with some regular contraception to avoid needing the morning-after pill again.