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Here’s one for the gals: The morning after pill can now be delivered to your door

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For those of us who have, or will ever need to make that inconvenient scuttle to the chemist, our lives just got a little easier: The morning after pill, also known as the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP), can now be delivered straight to your door. 

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Now before we get into the details, let’s be crystal clear that there is absolutely nothing to fear from going to your local chemist to ask for the emergency contraceptive pill.

In fact, the pharmacists behind the counter have seen it a million times over – they’re totally used to it, so while the idea of it might feel a little daunting (which is totally normal to feel!) it’s actually a super straightforward process to retrieve it. 

That said, if you find the experience uncomfortable, confronting or run into any issues you don’t feel are justified, chat to a trusted adult or a doctor. 

Please also note that those 16 years or older are usually able to get the contraceptive pill over the counter without a prescription. However, if you are under 16 you may require a prescription from a doctor. If you’re unsure or have any questions, call the Australian Government certified health direct hotline and chat with a registered nurse on 1800 022 222.

In what instance is the morning after pill appropriate to take?

You might wish to purchase the morning after pill after having unprotected sex, if your partner’s condom broke or if you missed taking your regular contraceptive pill (if you are already prescribed to one). 

It is important to take the morning after pill as soon as possible following unprotected intercourse, the recommendation is within 120 hours (five days). 

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The ECP is now available for home delivery. (Getty)

How do I get the morning after pill delivered to my house?

Instead of visiting a local chemist, Australian women’s health company Youly has created an online platform which features a service providing door-to-door delivery of the ECP.

It’s pretty well timed given the world has slowly adapted to non-contact delivery and telehealth consults are part of the norm in this post-COVID world. 

You can place a request for the morning after pill via Youly’s website. You’ll be required to fill in a short questionnaire, which will be reviewed and approved by a pharmacist. They’ll then send you a text if they need any further information prior to actioning the medication delivery.

What information do I need to provide to get the morning after pill?

At a chemist, you’re required to fill out a short questionnaire after getting the morning after pill.

This includes questions such as the date you last had unprotected sex, when your last period was, and whether you have any other medical conditions such as unexpected vaginal bleeding.

To get the morning after pill delivered via Youly, you’ll do a very similar thing – with an online questionnaire in the absence of a written one. 

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You’ll answer a short online questionaire to get the ECP delivered. (Getty)

What does the morning after pill do?

The morning after pill is a contraceptive method taken orally – it works by stopping or delaying your ovary from releasing an egg. It may also stop a sperm from reaching an egg that has already been released.

Typically, you should only need to take one dose of the morning after pill after having sex. Taking any more will not make the pill any more effective.

Can I take the morning after pill as a regular contraceptive?

If you are sexually active but wish to use contraception, it is recommended you take the morning after pill sparingly (there’s a reason why people call it plan B). Instead, chat to your doctor about other forms of contraceptive methods.

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