This video was made by the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, with Louna Maroun to inform teenagers about this safe, effective form of contraception to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. Louna explains everything you need to know about emergency contraceptives, like the morning after pill, that are available over the counter from a pharmacist in Victoria. This video is provided for information purposes and general guidance only. You should always consult your doctor or another health professional as to the appropriateness and suitability of the information provided in this video for your particular circumstances.
So, why take emergency contraception?

Well, because you’ve had an accident. You've had sex and you didn't use a condom or it broke and now it's an emergency!

Why? Because you might get pregnant. But don't worry. Emergency contraception can help.

Now, first things first, there's a lot of BS about emergency contraception.

  • It'll make you really sick!
  • It's an abortion!
  • It'll make you infertile and then you won't be able to have any babies!
  • It causes babies to be deformed!
  • You know you have to be 18 to get it, right?
  • You do realize it causes cancer?
What? Woah. None of those myths are true. If anyone tells you emergency contraception will hurt you, is an abortion, will somehow - in any way - harm a baby, or will give you cancer...they're totally wrong.

You don't have to be 18 to get it. You don't even have to be 16. And the truth is, emergency contraception is used many times a day in Australia, and it's safe.

Yes, once you take it, it might make you a little bit queasy for a while. Might. And your next period might be a little strange. Might. But...that's about as bad as it gets.

It definitely doesn't stop you from having babies in the future. Even if you take it too late and it doesn't work and you go on to have a won't harm the baby.

And it is definitely not an abortion. Emergency contraception stops you from getting pregnant in the first place, so how can it be abortion if you're not even pregnant?

So how do you get it? Well, actually it's pretty simple in Victoria. You just go to a pharmacist and ask for it. And it usually costs less than $20. Lots of women ask a pharmacist for it every day.

The pharmacist will have to ask you some questions, either on a form or face to face, but you don't have to put your name on the form, and it's all confidential. They're only asking questions to make sure it's a safe medicine for you to take. They do that for lots of medicines - not just this one.

And if you're worried about the questions, click the link below to see a list of things they usually ask, and things they definitely shouldn't ask. And remember, you can always ask to speak to them in a private room or space.

Sometimes - very rarely - you may go to a pharmacist who doesn't want to sell it to you. That's not your fault and you should keep trying. Emergency contraception is a legal medicine and you have every right to use it.

Seriously, emergency contraception is a good option if you've recently had unprotected sex and you don't want to get pregnant. It just makes sense!

Anything else? Yes! Timing! Make sure you take emergency contraception as soon as possible. It can work up to three days after you've had sex, but the sooner you take it the better it works. And if it's more than 72 hours since you've had sex, you need to see a doctor.

No contraception is 100% effective, so if you don't get your period when you expect it or you're having irregular bleeding...go see your doctor.

Emergency contraception is safe, it's effective and it can help you in an emergency.

If you have any questions, make sure you see a health professional, like a doctor or a sexual health nurse. It's probably a good idea to see them anyway, because if you've had unprotected sex, you might want to talk to them about STIs and future contraception.

When you take emergency contraception, it will only protect you this one time. It won't protect you from any future unprotected sex.

And, hey, good luck!

Remember; a lot of people talk a lot of hoo-ha about emergency contraception. Ignore them. This film was made by the Royal Women's Hospital and they know what they're talking about.

Anyway, that's all I've got for you today, and I'll see you next time. Waaaaahhhh!

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This page has been produced in consultation with and approved by: Royal Women's Hospital

Last updated: October 2015

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