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World Contraception Day: Your Life, Your Choice

World Contraception Day: Your Life, Your Choice

World Contraception Day takes place on the 26th of September every year and centers around achieving a vision where every pregnancy is wanted. Launched in 2007, World Contraception Day’s mission is to improve awareness of contraception and to enable young people to make informed choices in order to take control of their sexual and reproductive health. Pearl Chemist Group offers a full contraceptive service including birth control pills and an emergency contraception service for those occasions when contraception has been absent or failed.

The idea behind World Contraception Day is to improve awareness of all contraception methods so that women can make an informed choice about their reproductive health. There are many different forms of contraception other than birth control pills. Contraceptive needs may change throughout the course of any woman’s life meaning that several different forms of contraception are used depending on preference, circumstance and health needs. It is important to be able to make an informed decision with guidance on all the different options available.

What is the morning after pill?

The morning after pill is emergency contraception and is taken to prevent an unwanted pregnancy after unprotected sex. Unprotected sex can include sex without any form of contraception or sex where the contraception has failed. The morning after pill works in a similar way to standard birth control pills. It contains a hormone which makes it harder for the sperm to reach an egg and for a fertilised egg to implant.

How to take the morning after pill?

The morning after pill should be taken as soon as possible after sex.  It is taken as one single dose. The tablet is swallowed whole without chewing. There are two main brands of morning after pills and each brand will dictate when the pill should be taken. One brand must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex whereas the other can be taken up to 120 hours after unprotected sex. In general terms, however, irrespective of brand, the sooner you can take it the better.

For all your contraception needs including morning after pills, utilise Pearl Chemist Groups’ emergency contraception service. We support your choice to make informed decisions about your reproductive health. Learn more on our website

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