If you do not want to become pregnant, birth control can help you prevent an unplanned pregnancy. There are barrier methods like condoms, hormonal options like birth control pills, and emergency contraception like the morning-after pill. One of the most commonly used forms of birth control is birth control pills.
Birth Control Pills vs Emergency Contraception
Birth control pills are taken daily to prevent unplanned pregnancies. They contain synthetic versions of female sex hormones which work by stopping ovulation. Ovulation is a part of the menstrual cycle when an egg is released from your ovary. Pregnancy occurs when the egg is fertilized by sperm. If you don’t become pregnant, the egg and your uterine lining are shed which is what causes your period.
If you don’t ovulate, you won’t release any eggs that could potentially be fertilized. However, if an egg is released, birth control pills make it more difficult for sperm to reach the egg.
Emergency contraception, also known as the morning-after pill, is a single pill that’s taken to prevent pregnancy after you’ve had unprotected sex or after your birth control has failed. It shouldn’t be taken regularly or used as a form of permanent birth control.
Like birth control pills, the emergency contraceptive pill also uses female sex hormones to stop ovulation and make it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg. They need to be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex to work.
How Effective Are Birth Control Pills and Emergency Contraception?
The morning-after pill will only work if it is taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex. Its effectiveness reduces over time, but if it’s taken within 24 hours it can be up to 95% effective.
When taken correctly, birth control pills can be up to 90% effective. It’s important to follow the instructions on your birth control pills to prevent pregnancy. For example, you should aim to take them around the same time each day.
Family Planning from West Chemist
If you’re wondering about which birth control options are best for you, contact West Chemist. We provide a wide range of options to suit every lifestyle and situation, including having your birth control delivered discreetly and safely to your doorstep.