Emergency Contraception

There is only one type of emergency contraceptive pill available in Australia. It can be accessed at any pharmacy without a prescription. This pill (Postinor, Levonelle) is a type of progesterone which will work to prevent pregnancies in some cases if taken up to 72 hours after sexual intercourse. It is best taken within the first 24 hours and it's effectiveness reduces significantly after this. It may also be less effective for women who weigh more than 75kg. It is not 100% effective and any woman who has used the emergency pill should consider having a follow up appointment with her doctor 2-3 weeks after taking the pill.

It is also possible to use the copper IUD as an emergency contraceptive. The copper IUD can be fitted up to five days after unprotected sex or up to day 19 of the cycle for most women. Please come and discuss this option with one of our procedural doctors if you feel you need an emergency contraceptive.

It is not possible to access EllaOne (Ulipristal) currently in Australia.

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