Our GP’s provide advice on emergency contraception to individuals who have had unprotected intercourse or experienced contraceptive failure and wish to prevent an unintended pregnancy. GPs typically discuss the available options, which include the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) and the copper intrauterine device (Cu-IUD).

The emergency contraceptive pill, commonly known as the “morning-after pill,” is available over-the-counter without a prescription from pharmacies and can be taken within 72 hours (up to 120 hours in some cases) after unprotected intercourse. The GPs may recommend specific brands of emergency contraceptive pills and provide guidance on how to take them effectively. Additionally, the GPs may offer the option of the copper IUD, which can be inserted up to five days after unprotected intercourse and serves as an effective form of emergency contraception while also providing ongoing contraception for several years.

During consultations, the GPs discuss the effectiveness, potential side effects, and risks associated with each option, as well as any contraindications based on the individual’s medical history. They also provide information on regular contraceptive methods and encourage follow-up appointments to address any concerns or questions.

Overall, the GPs play a crucial role in providing timely and accurate advice on emergency contraception to help individuals make informed decisions about their reproductive health.