- Norlevo and Levonorgestrel Norfri are most effective when used within 12 hours of unprotected sex. They become ineffective when used more than 72 hours after intercourse.
- Ellaone and Femke can be used up to five days after unprotected sex, but they are most effectiv when used as soon as possible.
Emergency contraception works by inhibiting or delaying ovulation in order to prevent fertilisation. If menstruation is more than 5 days late after using the emergency contraception pill, you should take a pregnancy test.
Where can I get emergency contraception?
Emergency contraception is available from both pharmacies and shops. In the case of shops, the age limit for sales of emergency contraception and all other medications is 18. At pharmacies, there is no age limit for sales of emergency contraception.
If you are under 18 and unable to get to a pharmacy? Contact the emergency medical service or a public health nurse for help in obtaining emergency contraception.
How to use the emergency contracetion pill
The treatment consists of one tablet which should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected collection or prevention. The tablet can be taken at any time during the menstrual cycle. If you vomit within 3 hours of taking it, you should take another tablet.
Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, fatigue, breast tenderness, bleeding disorders, headache and dizziness are common side effects.
Copper IUD as emergency contraception
Copper IUDs can also act as emergency contraception. The IUD must be inserted no later than five days after unprotected intercourse. The copper IUD is the safest method of emergency contraception, and a good alternative if it is very important not to get pregnant. A doctor or a public health nurse must insert the spiral.
Use effective contraception and condoms
Emergency contraception does not replace other means of contraception and should only be used in an emergency. Only condoms provide protection against the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.