Plan B Emergency Contraception is a method of contraception that can be used after you had an accident of unprotected sex. There are 2 main types of plan b:
- The Morning After Pill 💊
- Emergency Coil
Morning After Pill
The morning after pill is the one more commonly used. It is available in a pharmacy without
a prescription. While is good to be aware of this method, it is not a good idea to use it as
your usual form of contraception as the success rates are not that clear.
In particular it is probably not effective if you have already ovulated as its main action is meant to be the delay of ovulation. This is extremely important to know. It should be used within 5 days from the accident but it is more effective the sooner you take it.
The emergency coil is a far more effective method (over 95 per cent). It less available as you
need a doctor to fit the coil. It does have the extra advantage that you can keep it for long
term contraception once is fitted. Also many clinics offer a sti screening with the fitting
which is always a good idea if you had an accident.
It also gives you more time as it can be used up to 5 days from the accident with the same
Additionally – to ensure you do not find yourself in this situation in the near or distant future you can reach out to book a contraception consultation where we will take you through the various different methods of contraception to find a suitable method for you.