Emergency contraception (often called morning-after-pill) is a pill that you can take after you’ve had unprotected intercourse, to reduce the risk of pregnancy. The sooner you take the pill, the less likely you are to get pregnant.

The morning-after pill is used to prevent pregnancy before it begins. It contains a hormone that delays and/or inhibits the ovulation from happening and prevents you from getting pregnant. Emergency contraception’s can’t interrupt a pregnancy and is therefore not the same as an abortion.

Note: the morning-after pill will not protect your from sexually transmitted deceases – STI’s.

When to take emergency contraception?

The sooner you take the morning-after pill, the less likely you are to become pregnant. You can, however, take the morning-after pill up to 72 hours (three days) after unprotected intercourse. A midwife can also give you a morning-after pill that can be taken up to five days after unprotected intercourse.

Where can I get emergency contraception?

You can buy both kinds of the morning-after pill without a prescription in all pharmacies in Sweden. Most youth clinics distribute free emergency contraception to young people (under 25 years of age).

Don’t take the morning-after-pill if you:

  • Suffer from hepatic impairment.
  • Have some kind of intestinal/bowel disease (e.g. Crohn).
  • Have had a pelvic inflammatory disease or ectopic pregnancy.

Note: Don’t use the morning-after pill as a contraceptive method. Use it as an emergency solution and remember that the morning-after pill does not protect you from STI´s.

There have been instances where high BMI and overall body weight can affect the effectiveness of the morning-after pill. As a general rule, it is important to contact your doctor in case of specific questions about this and other issues regarding your health.

Read more about contraceptive methods here.

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