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Free emergency contraception can be posted to London residents

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Emma Davis
WVoN co-editor 

Londoners are being offered the chance to stock up on the morning after pill for free to help prevent unwanted pregnancies during the summer months.

Female residents can request a ‘Just in Case’ kit from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) who will post the emergency contraception and condoms to them after a phone consultation.

Visitors to the organisation’s website are reminded that it can sometimes be inconvenient to get hold of the morning after pill and so are advised to stock up in advance.

A BPAS spokesperson told The Press Association that “significant disruption” during the Olympic Games could make it more difficult to access healthcare services when emergency contraception was needed.

BPAS lead contraception nurse, Tracey Forsyth, said: “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.”

The pill is most effective when taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex. Ideally it should be taken within 12 hours but it can be taken up to 72 hours after intercourse.

A plan to provide a “pill-by-bike” service in London earlier this year faced criticism that it would encourage underage sex, despite the fact that a credit card was needed to purchase it, as reported earlier this year by the Evening Standard.

The BPAS spokeswoman said nurses are trained in spotting under 16s, who would be referred for a face-to-face consultation or another appropriate venue.

Anybody who requires the service should visit the BPAS website here.

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