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At HOPE we don’t offer 'contraception' or give contraceptive advice. We do offer information for you to consider.
No 'contraception' is 100% reliable*, so it's always advisable to take a pregnancy test if you think you might be pregnant, regardless of the type you're currently using or have used in the past.
There are two main types of 'emergency contraception' (also known as 'postcoital contraception'):
- An Intrauterine Device (IUD): a small plastic/copper coil device is placed in the womb by a doctor or nurse
- 'Emergency contraceptive' pill: the morning after pill
During the fertile period (before and during ovulation) 'emergency contraception' may stop an egg from being fertilised by the sperm, sometimes stopping or delaying ovulation (release of an egg). However, it is important to know that it can also work by stopping an embryo from implanting in the womb.
At the time of fertilisation, a person with a unique genome (DNA code) is formed. This means 'emergency contraception' can end a human life that has already begun. There is no way to say or control which way it might work in your circumstances.
* 40% of pregnancies in the UK are unplanned, despite the prevalence of contraception. A survey by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) found that 51.2% of abortion clients were using at least one form of 'contraception' in the month they conceived.