Looking for the morning after pill in Glenrothes Fife?
If you have had unprotected sex within the last 3-5 days, we offer the emergency contraceptive pill to help prevent pregnancy. When other forms of contraception have failed, this is also classed as unprotected sex. Examples of this include a condom slipping or splitting, or forgetting to take your contraceptive pill.
How does the morning after pill work?
The morning after pill delays the release of eggs during the ovulation phase of your menstrual cycle. Rising levels of luteinising hormone (LH) trigger ovulation. The higher the levels, the less likely the morning after pill will protect you. Therefore, the sooner you take it, preferably on the same day, the more effective the pill will be. If you are in need of the morning after pill in Glenrothes Fife, you will be offered Levonorgestrel and ellaOne.
How does Levonorgestrel work?
Levonorgestrel is a synthetic hormone that prevents your ovaries from releasing an egg during the ovulation phase of your menstrual cycle. The hormone also helps to prevent an egg that has already been released from becoming fertilised by sperm. You must take this pill within 3 days of unprotected sex for it to be effective.
How does ellaOne work?
ellaOne contains ulipristal acetate, a chemical which prevents or delays the release of an egg during ovulation. This prevents you from getting pregnant, as it ensures that the egg cannot be fertilised. Taking ellaOne may also make other forms of contraception, such as the combined pill, less effective. It is important to take extra precautions, such as using condoms, after taking the ellaOne tablet.
To be most effective, ellaOne should be taken within 5 days of unprotected sex. Levonorgestrel becomes less effective when your LH levels increase, however studies have shown that ellaOne is effective for a full 5 days following sex. If you miss or experience a period more than 7 days late after taking either pill, you are advised to take a pregnancy test.
What are the side effects of the morning after pill?
Common side effects experienced when taking the morning after pill are: Irregular bleeding, nausea, abdominal or period pain and headaches.
A more extensive list of side effects can be found on the NHS website. You can also contact us for further guidance.
Please note: only women can buy the morning after pill; you must fill out a questionnaire to determine your suitability.
Moreover, emergency contraception cannot protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia or HIV. It also does not prevent future pregnancies if you have unprotected sexual intercourse again. Practising safe sex prevents you from catching and spreading STIs. It is highly recommended that you use condoms alongside a different form of birth control, such as the contraceptive pill or IUD.
Your emergency contraception must be collected in store. However, you can order and collect your morning after pill in Glenrothes Fife on the same day.
We offer emergency contraception through our online prescription service.
You can download the Healthera app to start ordering your prescriptions 24/7, at a time that suits you.
Book in with us online or call us to collect the morning after pill today, without the need to visit your GP.