Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception reduces the chance of pregnancy after unprotected sex.

Two types of emergency contraceptive pills are available in the dispensary from your Cincotta Discount Chemist pharmacist without a prescription:

  • Levonorgestrel 1.5mg tablet – taken as soon as possible and within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected sex.
  • Ulipristal acetate 30mg tablet – taken as soon as possible and within 120 hours (5 days) of unprotected sex.

How do emergency contraceptive pills work?

Emergency contraceptive pills work by stopping or delaying the release of an egg from a woman’s ovaries (ovulation).

How effective are emergency contraceptive pills?

The sooner you take an emergency contraceptive pill after unprotected sex, the better chance it will have of working. Emergency contraceptive pills are not 100% effective at preventing pregnancy. Our pharmacists can advise you on what options are available and any follow-up testing you may require.

Do emergency contraceptive pills have any side effects?

Emergency contraceptive pills can cause side effects. Our pharmacists will provide comprehensive information about possible side effects and are available to advise you if they occur.

Can I take an emergency contraceptive pill with other medications?

Some medications can affect how well the emergency contraceptive pill works. Be sure to discuss any other medications you are taking with your Cincotta pharmacist. They will advise you on suitable treatment options.

When might I need to use an emergency contraceptive pill?

  • If you did not use contraception.
  • If the condom used broke or slipped off
  • If you are unsure if a condom was used
  • If you forgot to take your usual contraceptive pills

If any other circumstances are concerning you, your Cincotta Discount Chemist pharmacist is always available to advise and support you. Our pharmacies have consultation rooms and designated areas to discuss any health concerns or questions you may have privately.


Resources:

  • Family planning NSW, Emergency Contraception. June 2018 https://www.fpnsw.org.au/health-information/contraception/emergency-contraception
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Guidance for provision of a Pharmacist Only medicine – Emergency Contraception. November 2018.
  • NSW Government Health Department, Sexual Health – Emergency Contraception. January 2019. https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/sexualhealth/Pages/emergency-contraception.asp