The morning after pill has been in the news a fair amount in recent months, and with the discussion around access hitting the headlines so frequently, we thought now was the perfect time to put together an infographic on its fascinating history.
To find out just how far this little pill has come over the past century, read on.
Emergency contraception in 2017 and beyond
Today, three types of emergency contraception are available in the UK: the copper coil (IUD), ellaOne, and the traditional morning after pill, which is usually known as Levonelle. There is also another version called Ezinelle that contains the same active ingredient as Levonelle.
While Levonelle can be taken up to three days after unprotected sex, ellaOne is effective for up to five days following sex without a condom.
The most effective form of emergency contraception is the copper coil; however, this needs to be fitted by a trained health professional.
Currently, it’s not clear what lies ahead for emergency contraception. Over the next few years, further research will likely be carried out on existing forms; it’s not yet known, for instance, whether ellaOne is safe for breastfeeding women to take. With more careful research and study, it’s hoped that countries around the world continue to make it easier for women to access and take emergency contraception safely.
To learn more, visit our online clinic, where you can get an emergency contraception consultation from one of our clinicians.