Okay everyone let’s be honest… unprotected sex happens. If you have unprotected sex or your birth control hasn't worked how it was supposed to, don’t panic or bury your head in the sand (easier said than done, we know!) There are services you can contact for help and advice, several of which can be found at Superdrug.
Why is it risky to get frisky without contraception?
So, you’ve done the deed with no protection, but it's not too late to protect yourself from unintended pregnancy. Emergency contraception is available and can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex. It is strongly recommended that you take it as soon as possible after you have had unprotected sex. If taken within the first 24 hours, ellaOne is proven to be 98% effective and Levonelle, 95% effective. Remember, the morning after pill does not protect against STI’s, it’s purely to prevent pregnancy.
So where can you get emergency contraception? You can access it from selected pharmacies, your local GUM clinic and also online via the Superdrug Online Doctor. With more than 60 online healthcare services available, the Superdrug Online Doctor allows you to order treatments (prescribed by a doctor) directly to your home or local store.
Check out our blog: Contraception Services Available Now at Superdrug to learn more about the different contraception methods we currently offer.
When you have unprotected sex, it is not just unintended pregnancy you need to think about. The number of diagnosed cases of STI’s in the UK is on the rise, so to avoid becoming a statistic remember to always use a condom when between the sheets.
You should arrange to get tested if:
- You haven’t got any symptoms, but you have had unprotected sex with a new partner
- You have symptoms such as itching, discharge, redness, or sores on your genitals
- You have had unprotected sex and you have a feeling something is wrong
You can visit your local GUM clinic for testing or order visit the Superdrug Online Doctor where you can order self-test kits for sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphillis.
Want to learn more about men's sexual health? Head over to our article: A Guide to Sexual Wellness for Men for information on everything from STD testing to erectile dysfunction.
Be prepared for safe sex
Safe sex doesn’t have to be a mood killer, it is after all better to be safe than sorry! Both parties need to be prepared and remember:
- To always carry condoms or have them within reach of your bed for when you need them
- It may not be necessary to wear a condom with a partner who's STI status you are aware of e.g. a long term partner
- Talk to your partner about the risks of STI’s or any concerns you have. Clearing the air will lead to more comfortable and enjoyable sex for you both
- The contraceptive pill and other forms of birth control will protect you against unwanted pregnancies, but remember, they do not protect you from STI’s
- You can’t tell simply by looking at someone if they have an STI – go for regular check-ups if you are sexually active
- To visit the Superdrug Online Doctor for information on the contraception services we provide
About Rosa Morell
Rosa is a creative copywriter who has been writing about beauty, fragrance and her personal interest, sustainable fashion, for over two years. When she’s not hunting in her local charity shops for vintage homeware, she’s scrolling through the latest beauty trends on TikTok. Her favourite range at Superdrug? B. Skincare.