After having unprotected sex*, you have two options to prevent an unplanned pregnancy: you can either take an oral emergency contraceptive or you can have your doctor insert a T-shaped copper IUD inside your uterus.
The first option, the morning after pill, can be purchased at pharmacies; it is also available at family planning centers, clinics, and hospitals. Depending on the emergency contraceptive pill you choose, you have up to 3-5 days to take it in order for it to be effective – EllaOne® is the most effective morning after pill* available in Australia and is the only pill that is effective up to five days.*
The other option, the copper IUD, can be inserted into the uterus by your doctor to prevent fertilization, or to prevent implantation if fertilization has already occurred. In order for this method to be effective, the copper IUD must be inserted within the five days of having unprotected sex.
In either case, the sooner you act, the greater your chances are of reducing the risk of pregnancy!
Learn about the different emergency contraception methods in detail below.
*Note that having sexual intercourse without a condom increases the risk of getting STIs. Make an appointment with your GP if you have any questions or concerns.