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EXCLUSIVE: Morning-after pill could FAIL if you weigh 11 stone or more (154 lbs)

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Many women rely on the morning-after pill as a method of emergency contraception but new guidelines warn it can fail when taken by those who weigh 11 stone or more.  ( 154 lbs )

Those who have a body mass index (BMI) that is over 26 are also at risk according to new guidance from sexual health experts.

The news is likely to be alarming for many, given that more than half of UK women are thought to weigh more than 11 stone.  

Levonelle and ellaOne are the two most popular morning-after pills available and both are thought to be less effective for heavier women. 

It is understood the drug may be diluted in bigger women or broken down more quickly by their bodies. 

The new advice from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) urges pharmacists and doctors to inform fat women of the risk of failure. 

They have been told to recommend two morning-after pills be taken - double the dosage - or to urge the use of the emergency coil instead.  

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