'Alarming number' of Scots using morning-after pill as contraceptive

A new study has revealed that a large number of women in Scotland are putting their sexual health at risk by relying on the morning-after pill rather than condoms.

Research carried out by the Co-operative Pharmacy found that one in 50 ladies aged between 18 and 21 prefer to use the contraceptive over other forms, the Daily Express reports.

Mandeep Mudhar, head of NHS development at the Co-operative Pharmacy, said: "The morning-after pill should be a last resort to prevent an unwanted pregnancy."

She added: “However, the emergency contraceptive pill does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.”

The survey also revealed that 17,000 women aged between 16 and 44 have used the morning-after pill three times or more.

In cases where women are concerned about an unwanted pregnancy they can take the morning-after pill up to three days (72 hours) after having unprotected sex.

Alternatively a copper intrauterine device can be fitted within five days.