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Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception

A woman over 16 years of age can use emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy after having unprotected sex, or if a method of contraception has failed.

Effectiveness

The effectiveness of the emergency contraceptive pill decreases over time. If it is taken within 24 hours of having unprotected sex, it prevents 95% of pregnancies.

Safe

Most women can use the emergency contraceptive pill, including women who are breastfeeding and those who cannot usually use hormonal contraception (such as the combined pill or contraceptive patch).

Please Note

The emergency contraceptive pill should not be used as a regular method of contraception.

For more information, see the HSE website on theĀ emergency contraceptive pill.

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