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Emergency contraception

E-pills, morning-after pills or emergency contraception pills, are drugs you can take when you have had unprotected sex and think that you could be pregnant.

You need to take them as soon as possible after the unprotected intercourse, preferable within 24 hours. After that they become less effective The e-pill is available over the counter, which means you can go straight to the pharmacy and get it without a doctor's prescription.

There are two types of emergency contraception pills however only one is currently available in Kenya. The available pill is progestogen-only (using the hormone levonorgestrel) generally referred to as P2. Another form of Emergency Contraception is the copper IUD however this needs to be put in by a medical provider.

There is no limit as to how many times you can use the emergency-pill in a year. However, the e-pill does have short-term side effects that mean it should not be used as a normal form of contraception, but only in case of emergency.

 

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