When it comes to contraception, mistakes can happen, a condom might slip or break or you may forget to take a pill and still have sex. If this happens it can be stressful, but thankfully there is emergency contraception otherwise known as ‘the morning after pill’.
You can get the morning after pill by visiting your doctor and getting a prescription, going to a family planning clinic or heading to a chemist where you can buy it over the counter. Some chemists choose not to sell emergency contraception due to their personal religious beliefs, if this is the case don’t let it deter your, try another chemist.
“Remember, the morning after pill is not an abortion pill.”
The morning after pill acts by stopping the egg being released. It is most effective when taken within 24 hours of having sex, but still works well within 96 hours (4 days). You can take it up to five days after having sex, but it won’t be very effective.
For more about how the morning after pill works click here.
You can read about other types of contraception here. Your local doctor (GP) will be able to help you decide what type of contraception is best for you. Have a read of this page for tips on how to go about visiting a doctor on your own.
You can also go to one of the many family planning clinics located across the country listed below. These centers provide free or very low cost, confidential health care, counselling, information and referral. They are also able to organise translators for free or a very low cost.
New South Wales: Sydney Area
Queensland: Brisbane Area
South Australia: Adelaide Area
Western Australia: Perth Area
Tasmania: All Over
Australian Capital Territory: All Over
Northern Territory: Darwin & Palmerston Area
If the above clinics aren’t near to you, this site lists all of the sexual health clinics Australia wide.
If you find that you are pregnant and don’t think you want to keep the baby there are many helpful and supportive places you can turn, click here for more information.