New figures have revealed that sales of the morning after pill have soared by 122 per cent as couples isolate together during the coronavirus pandemic.
The UK like Nigeria has been in lockdown 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 due to coronavirus, 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 bought online.
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 days 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.
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