Sexual health charity bpas provides free pill in the post scheme to help London women avoid unwanted pregnancy this Summer
Whether you're hotfooting it from the capital this Summer or hunkering down during the Games, it may be harder to access emergency contraception when it’s needed. bpas is offering all women in London a free Just in Case kit - containing Emergency Hormonal Contraception (morning-after-pill) and condoms - so it's there if it’s needed whether you are home or away. The kit will be delivered discreetly in the post to your home after a telephone consultation with one of our contraceptive nurses.
Significant disruption is expected in London during the Games, which means it may be more difficult to access healthcare services swiftly if regular contraception fails. The sooner Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) is taken the more effective it is against unwanted pregnancy, so bpas believes it makes sense for women to keep a pill at home and avoid unnecessary difficulty and delay. For women who are travelling over the Summer, it is also wise to prepare for the unexpected, as services may be much harder to navigate when you are away from home. For those who are taking the daily contraceptive Pill, our nurses will also be able to answer questions about how changing time zones and upset stomachs can affect contraceptive cover - and when it may be necessary to take extra precautions.
To obtain a free Just in Case kit, simply fill in a short online form at www.morningafterpill.org.uk and a nurse will call at a time convenient to you, when you can speak in private. Our nurse will explain how EHC works, and when and how to use it. There are very few women who cannot use EHC for medical reasons, so as long as our nurse has no concerns it will be despatched promptly to your home address. If emergency contraception is needed immediately, our nurse will provide information on local services as this kit is for advance use.
Tracey Forsyth, bpas lead contraception nurse, said:
"Our Just in Case kit means you have a back-up there when you need it, wherever you happen to be. The sooner you take emergency contraception the more effective it is.
"If you carry an umbrella in your bag or a spare tyre in your boot no-one would suggest you are hoping for rain or planning on a puncture. Having the morning-after-pill to hand is no different. It doesn't mean you’re planning on taking chances, it means you’re planning on protecting yourself when things don't go according to plan."
For more information please contact the bpas press office on 0207 612 0206 or 07788 725185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes for editors:
The scheme will run until August 5th, 2012
The “morning-after-pill” is Levonelle ®One Step
One tablet should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure, preferably within 12 hours and no later than 72 hours
It will be dispensed by bpas nurses via a PGD (Patient Group Directive) prescription
Women who are under-16 will be referred to their local bpas unit or to another local provider for a face-to-face consultation
bpas supports reproductive choice and health by advocating and providing high quality, affordable services to prevent unwanted pregnancies with contraception or end them by abortion. We also offer a range of other reproductive health services.
bpas is Britain's largest single abortion provider, caring for around 55,000 women each year. It provides pregnancy testing, counselling, STI screening, contraception, sterilisation, vasectomy and vasectomy reversal through 36 consultation centres and 19 clinics located throughout the UK.