Emergency contraception and how it works

When you have had unprotected sex, or a condom breaks during sexual intercourse, you may need to consider emergency contraception. If you live and/or work in London one of the top emergency contraception London based clinics, is that of Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall.

The first thing you may want to confirm is that this sort of contraception does not abort a pregnancy. Instead, it actually prevents a term of pregnancy from beginning in the first place. This is providing it is taken in time of course.

How and when to take emergency contraception

The time constraints for this type of contraception are from 72 hours after intercourse, up to 120 hours. This depends on the method of emergency contraception that you elect to use.

The main types of emergency contraception are the pill (often referred to as the morning-after pill) and an IUD (intrauterine device, or coil).

At the emergency contraception London Wall based facility here at Broadgate private clinic, we provide both pill and IUD options. If an IUD is your preferred choice, we can also fit this for you.

How emergency contraception works

Regardless of which option of emergency contraception you decide on, they both achieve the same thing. They prevent a pregnancy from beginning.

Pills work by preventing or delaying the ovulation process. IUD devices on the other hand, work by preventing an egg from implanting itself in the womb. They also prevent an implanted egg from being fertilised.

The two types of emergency contraceptive pill

There are two main types of emergency contraceptive pill here in the UK: Levonelle and ellaOne.

Levonelle contains Levonorgestrel (a synthetic version of the hormone, progesterone). ellaOne contains Ulipristal Acetate, which prevents progesterone from working normally.

Whereas Levonelle must be taken within 72 hours of intercourse, ellaOne can be taken up to 120 hours after intercourse.

The IUD device

IUD devices are small items fabricated from copper and plastic. They are “T” shaped and are positioned in the uterus by a medical professional. Devices can be put in position up to five days after intercourse.

You can leave an IUD in place as an on-going method of contraception, whereas the emergency contraceptive pills  are not effective in this way.

Emergency contraception IUDs fitted at our walk-in women’s health clinic

Both brands of emergency contraceptive pill can be bought at our in-house pharmacy here at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall.

Intrauterine devices, or coils, can be fitted at our walk-in women’s health clinic. If you prefer to phone ahead to make a same day (or later) appointment, call 020 7638 4330.

Call Broadgate GP to book a private GP appointment.

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