The morning-after pill is a hot topic of debate. Is this the sort of protection that should be readily available?
It’s that time of year again, where the surf and sand are filled with schoolies celebrating their departure from 12 years of study. While celebrating should they have access to the morning-ater pill?
Parents sit tight and hope the week goes by without a hitch and hope their daughters don’t need this sort of help but should it be available to them if they do?.
Have your say!
…so what is the morning-after pill?
It is the most common form of emergency contraception and is a single pill that contains a 1.5mg dose of a hormone called levonorgestrel (LNG). The morning-after pill has been available in Australia since 2002. It’s official name is ECP ( but it is commonly and somewhat incorrectly called the ‘morning after pill’).
……*so how does it work?
Evidence gathered by the World Health Organization has found that the ECP mainly works by stopping or delaying ovulation (the release of an egg from a woman’s ovaries). It may also prevent the egg and sperm from meeting. The ECP does not interrupt an established pregnancy, or harm a developing embryo or fetus if it is taken early in pregnancy.
It is important to keep on using other contraception, such as the contraceptive pill or condoms for the rest of the cycle until your next period in case you ovulate AFTER taking the ECP. Otherwise you could still become pregnant.
Surfers Paradise pharmacies have reported a spike in sales of emergency contraception, also known as the morning-after pill, after the first weekend of Schoolies. Health officials have warned of the danger of using this form of contraception as it doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as condoms do.
What do you think? Should Schoolies be given the morning-after pill freely as a form of contraception?