Time limit for use after unprotected sex: 72 hours (3 days)
Effectiveness: 99% effective in preventing pregnancy if taken within 12 hours after unprotected intercourse. It is less effective on day two and day three. It will be less effective if you have already used the five day pill in the same cycle.
Available: Norlevo is available directly from pharmacists. Prevenelle and Norlevo are available on prescription from GPs (including out of hours co–ops) or Family Planning Clinics.
Works by: Delaying ovulation in the first 14 days of your cycle.
Future protection: After using emergency contraception, it’s important to talk to a doctor or pharmacist about the following:
- what to do if you are already using regular contraception
- when you can expect your next period
- what to do if your period doesn’t come
- a regular contraceptive option suitable for you
Cost: Talk to your GP, Family Planning Clinic or pharmacist about the best emergency contraception option for you. While you are there, it might be a good time to talk about regular contraception too.