The reproductive system, sometimes called the sexual organs, is the set of organs needed to make a baby, or reproduce

What’s happening to your hormones?

The menstrual cycle is controlled by a complex interaction of hormones. In each cycle, increasing some link levels of hormones cause the ovary to develop an egg and release it (ovulation). The womb lining also starts to thicken.

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Ovulation is the release of an egg from the ovaries. A woman is born with all her eggs. Once you start your periods, one egg (occasionally two) develops and is released during each menstrual cycle.

  • You might not ovulate on the same day of your cycle from one month to another
  • Women with a regular cycle can be in their fertile window any time from day 6 to day 21
  • If the cycle is not regular, the fertile window may be even later in the cycle

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If you think you might be pregnant, take a pregnancy test and/or visit your doctor. If you are pregnant it is too late for emergency contraception because it works to prevent an unintended pregnancy. It will not effect an existing pregnancy.

  • Did the condom slip off or break?
  • Did you forget to:

– Take your contraceptive pill?

– Insert your contraceptive ring?

– Apply your contraceptive patch?

  • Did your diaphragm or cap slip or did you forget to use it
  • My pregnancy scare was because the condom broke. I went to a pharmacy and got the morning after pill. I don’t know what would have happened if I didn’t take emergency contraception. It might have been a different story; I don’t like to think about it.”

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  • One time, I went out and I met this gorgeous guy. We ended up not using condoms. The next morning, we went to the pharmacy and got the morning-after pill, just in case. I think it is really worth the price. If you have a mishap it’s the right thing to do. If you need it, well you need it and you go and get it.”

  • I took emergency contraception because the condom broke. And that was it, I had to go and get it.”

Ovulation happens in the middle of the cycle around day 14

False

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If my cycle is regular the ovulation will always happen in the middle of it

False

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Regular cycles exist naturally

False

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I cannot get pregnant at the beginning or at the end of my cycle

False

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Starting the contraceptive pill

Continuing to take the contraceptive pill

If you wish to start a regular method of contraception after using ellaOne®, you can do so but you should also use condoms until your next period.

ellaOne® may make regular hormonal contraceptives, like pills and patches, temporarily less effective. If you are currently taking hormonal contraception, continue to use it as usual after taking ellaOne®, but be sure to use condoms every time you have sex until your next period.

Always use a reliable barrier contraceptive, like condoms, until your next period

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    If you’ve had unprotected sex, and it is not the right time in your life to have a baby, you are right to consider emergency contraception. Unprotected sex, or contraceptive accidents can happen to anyone.

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    Act quickly. Emergency contraception is most effective when used as soon as possible and within 24 hours after unprotected sex.

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    ellaOne ® works by delaying egg release. So, by the time an egg is released (ovulation) the sperm inside you are no longer capable of making you pregnant.

After my second baby our family was complete. On my 40th birthday my husband organised a surprise party. It was a great night. The next day I realised I’d forgotten to take a couple of my usual contraceptive pills that week and we’d had sex after the party.

I asked my sister what to do. She told me to get the morning after pill from a pharmacist. After talking with the pharmacist and considering my options, I chose to buy ellaOne®. While I was there I bought some condoms just in case.

Getting ellaOne® was very straightforward

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