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 intrauterine device (IUD).

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 IUD, 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
Last updated at: 11 January 2023