Can you get pregnant after taking the Morning After Pill?
Yes. A small number of women will still get pregnant after taking the Morning After Pill. Your chances of preventing pregnancy are boosted the faster you take the pill after unprotected sex. ellaOne is 98% effective while Levonelle is 95% effective if taken in the first 24 hours.
A review in 2017 showed that 0.6 to 2.6% of women that took Levonelle and 1 to 2% of those that took ellaOne still got pregnant. The stage you are at in your menstrual cycle can also impact how well it works because the Morning After Pill works when ovulation has not yet happened.
What happens if I take Morning After Pill when pregnant?
The Morning After Pill only prevents pregnancy within the first 5 days after unprotected sex. It cannot cause an abortion and it does not lead to an increased risk of birth defects in an unborn child. Taking the Morning After Pill by mistake when pregnant will not end the pregnancy.
Can I take my normal contraceptive pill at the same time as the Morning After Pill?
If you have taken the Morning After Pill because of a problem with your usual contraceptive (like missed pills), the effect on your usual contraceptive pill will depend on which Morning After Pill you have taken. If you took ellaOne, you should wait at least 5 days before taking your normal contraceptive pill. If you took Levonelle, you should resume the normal schedule of taking your contraceptive pill within 12 hours of taking emergency contraception. There are no drug reactions or other problems to worry about. However, your usual contraception may not be effective straight away, so you need to check with your doctor how long to use extra precautions for (condoms, or avoiding sex).
Is it ok to breastfeed and take the Morning After Pill?
If you have taken ellaOne, the manufacturer recommends not breastfeeding for at least a week afterwards. This is because we do not know yet what effect taking ellaOne might have on breastfeeding.
Levonelle is safe to take while breastfeeding. A small amount of the hormone may pass into breast milk but is not thought to be harmful to babies.
I have just had a baby. Do I need to take the Morning After Pill?
You can get pregnant within a few weeks of having a baby, even if you are still breastfeeding and have not started having your period again. Ovulation can take place as early as 2 weeks before your period starts. This means you can get pregnant even before your period has started again. You can use the Morning After Pill at any time after your baby is born, as long as you follow the guidelines about breastfeeding.
I've just had a miscarriage/abortion. Can I take the Morning After Pill?
If you have unprotected sex after a miscarriage or abortion, you may still be able to get pregnant. You may take the Morning After Pill to prevent pregnancy if you have had unprotected sex.
Will my weight affect the Morning After Pill?
Your weight can affect how well the Morning After Pill works. The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) Clinical Guideline says that women should be aware that a high BMI can make emergency contraceptive pills less effective, especially Levonelle. However, the evidence for this is not conclusive and we recommend consulting with one of our online doctors to answer your questions.
Can I get the emergency contraceptive pill in advance?
Yes. You can order the emergency contraceptive pill in advance. This may be needed if you plan to travel, are worried about your normal contraception failing, or if you think you might find it difficult to get emergency contraception. Emergency contraception can be bought online or over the counter at most pharmacies. You can consult our online doctors to find out more information.