7 emergency contraception myths, answered by the FPA
17th September 2014
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It’s Sexual Health Week, and the Family Planning Association is on a mission to clear up the myths that still surround this vaguely taboo subject. Some of the things that people believe when it comes to their sexual health are more than a little bit worrying. One person we spoke to, for example, was under the impression that it’s impossible to get Chlamydia if you’re over the age of 30. Newsflash: definitely not true. When it comes to emergency contraception, too, there are a lot of half truths flying around. The FPA collected some of them with the hashtag #mythbust yesterday, before setting us straight with the correct answers. Here’s what you need to know... “Emergency contraception is just a pill.” There are three methods of emergency contraception, two of which are pills: Levonelle and ellaOne. There is also the emergency IUD, which is a small plastic and copper device that can be fitted into your uterus for up to five days after unprotected sex. If you choose, you can keep the IUD as your chosen method of contraception for five or ten years. “59% of 16-24 year olds think that emergency contraception has to be used within 24 hours of unprotected sex.” The FPA is on a mission to weed out the use of the term “morning after pill”, as it propagates the notion that, firstly, the only option for emergency contraception is a pill, and secondly, because it puts women off taking the emergency contraceptive pill if more than a day passes.
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