Can you stop an unwanted pregnancy by eating pineapple?

No, eating pineapple will not stop a pregnancy.

If you have had unprotected sex within the last 5 days, you may be able to prevent a pregnancy by using emergency contraception. There are 2 types of emergency contraception, the emergency contraceptive pill (also known as the morning after pill) or the non-hormonal coil.

The morning after pill is the most popular method of emergency contraception and can be bought without a prescription from most pharmacies or online from Fettle.

The sooner you take the morning after pill, the more likely it will be able to prevent pregnancy.

The non-hormonal coil, or copper coil, is a small, T-shaped device that sits inside the womb. It needs to be fitted by a trained healthcare professional. It's the most effective type of emergency contraception but must be inserted within 5 days of unprotected sex.

Written by Dr Paula Baraitser. Medical Director, SH:24
Last updated at: 02 February 2024
Published on: 12 August 2022