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Emergency Contraception

If you have unprotected sex after your baby is three weeks old you can use emergency contraception.

IUD (Copper Coil)

  • Most effective method - prevents over 99% of pregnancies
  • Can be inserted from four weeks after your baby is born and up to five days after unprotected sex.

Emergency Contraceptive Pill (Levonelle) ‘morning after pill’

  • Can be taken up to 120 hours (five days) of having unprotected sex, but the sooner you take it, the more likely it is to work

Ullipristal Acetate (ellaOne)

  • Another form of morning-after pill
  • Can also be used up to 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex
  • May be more effective than Levonelle
  • Breastfeeding not recommended for 36 hours after taking ellaOne
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