Emergency contraceptive pills have also been referred to
as the “day-after-pills” and are an emergency solution
that is available to prevent an unwanted pregnancy from
occurring after unprotected intercourse.
contraceptive pill contains a high dose of a yellow body
hormone, levonorgestrel, and can, if taken as soon as
possible after an unprotected intercourse, prevent you
from becoming pregnant. It can be used if you are afraid
of becoming pregnant due to an unprotected intercourse,
if the condom has broken or if you missed some birth
How safe is the "day-after-pills"?
Acute birth control pills prevent around 85 percent
of pregnancies, but the method is not as safe as when
you used the regular birth control pill correctly.
How do emergency contraceptives work?
The hormone contained in the pill prevents or delays
ovulation, which means that fertilization cannot occur.
However, the method has no effect if ovulation or
fertilization has already taken place.
How to get emergency contraceptive pills?
The tablets are prescription-free and can be
purchased at Apoteket. For adolescents, emergency
contraceptive pills can be obtained free of charge at
youth clinics, maternity care centers and other
What emergency contraceptive pills are available?
There are two different types of emergency
contraceptive pills. A kind of pill that you can take up
to 72 hours (three days) after an unprotected
intercourse and a kind of pill that you can take up to
120 hours (five days) after an unprotected intercourse.
The latter kind is a little safer than the first.
Whatever kind of emergency contraceptive pill you
choose, it is good to take the tablet as soon as
possible after having unprotected intercourse. The
earlier you take it, the less the risk of becoming
Both varieties can be bought at the pharmacy without
a prescription. You can also get help at a youth clinic,
midwife, health center, gynecology or a sex and
cohabitation clinic. If you are young you can usually
get emergency contraceptive pills for free at a youth
When taking an emergency contraceptive pill, it is
common for men to arrive either a little earlier or
later than expected. It is common to have intermediate
bleeding. Whether you get your period as expected or
not, you should always do a pregnancy test after three
to four weeks to make sure you don't get pregnant.
After taking an emergency pill, you can feel sick,
get a headache and stomach ache. It is not dangerous and
usually go over after a day.
To be sure that the pill is effective, you should do
a pregnancy test after three to four weeks. If the
period is delayed or abnormal, one should definitely do
a pregnancy test.
Are there any side effects?
Anyone can use emergency contraceptive pills even
those who normally cannot use regular birth control
pills. The most common side effects are bleeding,
headache and nausea, but also pain in the lower abdomen,
fatigue and chest tension as well as severe or delayed
Can you use "day-after-pills" as contraceptives?
Emergency contraceptive pills should only be used as
an emergency solution. They do not provide the same
protection as regular contraceptives.
It is not dangerous to take emergency contraceptives
several times during the same menstrual cycle, but the
protective effect decreases with repeated use. In
addition, irregular bleeding is at risk. If you often
need emergency contraceptives, you should choose a
regular birth control method instead.
Are there other options for preventing an unwanted
pregnancy after unprotected intercourse?
Yes, one can insert a copper coil into the uterus
within 120 hours (five days) after unprotected
intercourse. In this way, almost 99 percent of the
pregnancies that would otherwise occur are prevented.
The copper coil makes it difficult for a fertilized egg
to attach to the uterine mucosa. However, if you have a
genital infection, you should avoid spiral insertion.