If you have unprotected sex, you run the risk of getting pregnant when you did not intend to.
You run a risk if you had sexual intercourse on your fertile days and did not use contraception, or if something went wrong with the contraception.
What to do?
If you want to be pregnant: do not do anything.
If you would rather not to be pregnant, you have 2 options:
The emergency contraceptive pill
Depending on the brand that you choose, the emergency contraceptive pill consists of 1 or 2 pills. The emergency contraceptive pill is also called the “morning-after pill”.
The emergency contraceptive pill reduces the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex. The emergency contraceptive pill interrupts or delays ovulation. You can still get pregnant if you have ovulated. Take the emergency contraceptive pill as soon as possible after sex. The sooner you take it, the higher the chance of not getting pregnant.
There are 2 kinds of emergency contraceptive pill:
- The emergency contraceptive pill that you can take up to 3 days after unprotected sex. There are various brands.
- The EllaOne emergency contraceptive pill You can take this pill up to 5 days after you had sex.
The emergency contraceptive pill is not an abortion. The emergency contraceptive pill interrupts or delays ovulation. An abortion terminates an actual pregnancy.
If you had unprotected sex after taking the emergency contraceptive pill, you may become pregnant. Use a condom until your next menstrual period. You should also use a condom if you have started using a different form of contraception.
Wait for 5 days after taking the EllaOne emergency contraceptive pill before you start to use the contraceptive pill, vaginal ring or a contraceptive patch. EllaOne does not work properly with these methods of contraception.
This means the emergency contraceptive pill is less reliable than other methods of contraception. If you need to take the emergency contraceptive pill frequently, consider whether another contraception would be more suitable for you.
You can also go to your doctor for a copper IUD. The copper IUD prevents implantation of a fertilized egg cell. This is a normal method of contraception that also works in emergency situations. It protects against pregnancy for at least 5 years.
Knowing whether you have an STI
Buying emergency contraception
Women under the age of 21 can get a discount. They pay around € 1 for the emergency contraceptive pill. For them, the EllaOne emergency contraceptive pill costs € 16. However, a prescription is needed to get this discount.
A doctor can fit the copper IUD for about € 47 to € 129. Depending on the brand, you have to go back to the doctor after 5 to 10 years for a new copper IUD.