Emergency Contraception vs. Regular Birth Control: Understanding the Differences and Uses

There are times when emergency contraception (aka the morning after pill) is needed, even if you are already using birth control methods to prevent unplanned pregnancy. The morning after pill should be used exclusively to prevent pregnancy after you have had unprotected sex or had a mishap with your birth control pills or condom. Whereas birth control pills are taken daily to prevent pregnancy.

Emergency contraception pills should not be used as a form of standard birth control as it can cause damage to a woman’s reproductive system if used regularly.

In this article, we will explain the differences between emergency contraception and birth control pills, so you have a better understanding of their differences and uses.

What Is Emergency Contraception?

Emergency contraception – the morning after pill - is an effective and safe way to prevent pregnancy if your birth control failed (a broken condom) or if you forgot to take your birth control pill. It can be useful and very effective if you wish to avoid pregnancy after unprotected sex.

Buy Emergency Contraception In Streatham OTC at Pearl Chemist Group

There are two different types of emergency contraception methods available. The most popular is the morning after pill which can be purchased OTC and the other is the IUD which is less popular because it requires a doctor’s visit.

The Morning After Pill

The morning after pill delays ovulation, thus stopping the egg from being fertilised and preventing pregnancy. For this emergency contraception to be most effective, take the tablet as soon as possible after unprotected because it may not be effective if taken after ovulation.

 There are two differentbrands available:

·EllaOne Tablets – Must be used within five days (120 hours).

·Levonelle Tablets– Must be used within 3 days of unprotected sex.

You can purchase the morning after pill emergency contraception in Streatham and at each of our Pearl Chemist Group branches throughout South London.

What Are Birth Control Pills Used For?

Birth control pills are taken daily to provide ongoing protection from pregnancy. If you are sexually active, birth control pills and condoms (when used together) are the best way to prevent pregnancy and STIs (sexually transmitted infections like herpes, HPV, and many others).

Getting Emergency Contraception in South London is Fast and Easy at Pearl Chemist Group

The morning after pill is available over-the-counter, and with over 15 Pearl Chemist Group locations in London, it’s extremely convenient to purchase the Emergency contraception in South London in Streatham, Wandsworth, or any of our other branches.