Have you had unprotected sex or birth control failure?
We have established this site to help you by providing you with information and answering some ‘frequently asked questions’ that you may have about emergency contraception. The more you know the better prepared you will be should you ever find yourself in a situation where you need emergency contraception.
After reading through the information on this site, you will be able to:
- Understand what an emergency contraceptive pill is;
- Weigh the benefits and the risks associated with taking an emergency contraceptive pill;
- Understand what side-effects you may experience after taking an emergency contraceptive pill;
- Know what to do and expect in the days after taking an emergency contraceptive pill.
When used as directed, emergency contraception provides you with an effective method of preventing an unplanned pregnancy after sexual intercourse, particularly in the following situations:
- When a birth control method fails (such as when a condom breaks or slips);
- If you don't take your birth control pills as directed;
- You did not use any method of birth control;
- When a sexual assault occurs.
Even though emergency contraception is a well-tolerated method of preventing an unplanned pregnancy it should never replace regular birth control methods. Always consult a healthcare professional to discuss the method of birth control that is best for you. Emergency contraception does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as HIV/AIDS.