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Pregnancy 35+

 

PREGNANCY
Crisis and unplanned pregnancies don’t just happen to young
people. Women in their 30s and 40s have unprotected sex – often
because they assume that they are menopausal and have a low
risk of pregnancy. In fact very few women are infertile before the
age of 45.
If a woman becomes pregnant or is planning to become pregnant
it is important to start taking folic acid during the first trimester of
pregnancy and if possible before conception. For more
information, talk to your GP or family planning clinic.
EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION
If your method of contraception fails or if you have unprotected sex –
emergency contraception can be used to avoid an unplanned
pregnancy. There are different emergency contraception choices
available that are effective for different lengths of time (up to three to
seven days) however emergency contraception is more effective the
sooner you take it after having unprotected sex. Your emergency
contraception choice will depend on your situation – when you had
your last period and how long it has been since you had unprotected
sex. Emergency contraception is now available directly from
pharmacists so you can talk to a pharmacist, GP or family planning
clinic about the best option for you.
If you have had unprotected sex or your contraception failed, you
may be at risk of a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Talk to
your GP, family planning clinic, STI clinic or GUM clinic about
arranging an STI test.

PREGNANCY

Crisis and unplanned pregnancies don’t just happen to young people. Women in their 30s and 40s have unprotected sex – often because they assume that they are menopausal and have a low risk of pregnancy. In fact very few women are infertile before the age of 45.

If a woman becomes pregnant or is planning to become pregnant it is important to start taking folic acid during the first trimester ofpregnancy and if possible before conception. For more information, talk to your GP or family planning clinic.

EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION

If your method of contraception fails or if you have unprotected sex – emergency contraception can be used to avoid an unplanned pregnancy. There are different emergency contraception choicesavailable that are effective for different lengths of time (up to three to seven days) however emergency contraception is more effective the sooner you take it after having unprotected sex. Your emergencycontraception choice will depend on your situation – when you had your last period and how long it has been since you had unprotected sex.

Emergency contraception is now available directly from pharmacists so you can talk to a pharmacist, GP or family planningclinic about the best option for you.If you have had unprotected sex or your contraception failed, you may be at risk of a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Talk to your GP, family planning clinic, STI clinic or GUM clinic about arranging an STI test.

Information on the different emergency contraception choices available.

More information on your contraception choices