Sales of morning after pill sky rocket by 122% in a month as couples spend more time together during lockdown – The Sun
NEW figures have revealed that sales of the morning after pill have soared by 122 per cent as couples isolate together during lockdown.
The UK has been in lockdown amidst the coronavirus pandemic since March 23, with government guidelines urging the public to stay at home and to avoid unnecessary travel unless an emergency or to buy food and medicine.
With the government mandate asking those to isolate, it appears that couples have been getting extra cosy while quarantining.
According to online pharmacy Doctor-4-U, there was a month-on-month increase in sales of emergency contraceptive pills; ellaOne and Levonelle, between February and March.
Emergency contraception is available free of charge without prescription from all pharmacies in Scotland and Wales.
In England, contraception services are commissioned locally and are on offer in sexual health clinics, some GP surgeries and most pharmacies – but are not always free of charge. Although it can now be been bought online.
Speaking with the MailOnline, Doctor-4-U consultant Dr Diana Gall explained that there has been an “enormous rise” for the morning-after-pill since the government sanctioned lockdown.
She said: “Since the lockdown we have seen an enormous rise in demand for the morning after pill.
“Understandably if couples are at home for longer spells, they are more likely to be having intercourse, but some may not be thinking about birth control until it’s too late.”
The morning after pill works to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if the contraception you have used has failed by postponing ovulation, if it’s not already happened.
Emergency contraception like ellaOne can be taken within five of unprotected sex, while Levonelle has to be taken within three days.
The sooner the pill is taken the more effective it is. However, the morning-after-pill is not 100 per cent effective.
The NHS have stressed that the emergency contraception shouldn’t be used instead of regular contraception; condoms, combined pill, IUD, diaphragms, contraceptive implant or injection.
Dr Gall agreed with their advice: “The emergency contraception pill should not be a replacement for traditional birth control and I would urge people to use long-established methods of contraception instead.”
She added that “certain medications” can interfere with the effectiveness of the emergency contraception.
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