Morning-after pill

Had any unprotected sex?

You run the risk of an unwanted pregnancy if:

  • you have forgotten the contraceptive pill twice in a row;
  • the condom was torn;
  • you had unprotected sex.

Even if you menstruate regularly, you can never be sure when ovulate. An ovum can suddenly be released earlier or later than “normal”. It is there difficult how much risk you run if have had sex without contraception or if the condom was torn.

You can protect yourself against pregnancy by taking the morning-after pill within three days (72 hours) after having made love unprotected. The chance of pregnancy is then only 2 percent. The sooner you take the morning-after pill, the better. If you take the morning-after pill within 12 hours after unprotected lovemaking, then the chance of pregnancy is 0.5%. In the case of an ellaOne tablet, you should take it within a maximum of five days = within no more than 120 hours.

Are too late for the morning-after pill and have you had unprotected sex during the past five days? Then there is the possibility of having a coil fitted to still prevent pregnancy. Call your general practitioner to discuss whether this is necessary.

  • If you have had unprotected sex, you can take the morning-after pill(the sooner, the better) to prevent pregnancy.
  • Fitting a coil within five days after unprotected sex can also prevent pregnancy.
  • Contact your general practitioner or chemist if you have any questions.
  • Consider which contraceptive you want to used hereafter to prevent pregnancy.

How does the morning-after pill work?

The morning-after pill contains a hormone that prevents a fertilised egg from attaching to the uterus. The sooner you take the morning-after pill, the better, at the latest, 72 hours after unprotected lovemaking.

The morning-after pill does not provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The condom is the only contraceptive that provides most protection against STD.

Where is it available? 

The morning-after pill / emergency pill is on sale at the chemist/pharmacy (for approximately EUR 14.00). The emergency pill is available free of charge for young people up to 21 years of age if prescribed by the general practitioner.

Please note: the morning-after pill / emergency pill is not the same as an abortion pill.