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Same day order and collect Emergency Hormonal Contraception available
If you have had unprotected sex within the last 3-5 days, we offer emergency hormonal contraception. Unprotected sex also describes situations when other forms of contraception have failed. Examples of this include a condom slipping or splitting, or forgetting to take your contraceptive pill.
You must collect your emergency contraception in store. However, you can order and collect your emergency contraception on the same day through our online prescription service.
How does the morning after pill work?
The morning after pill delays the release of eggs during the ovulation phase of your menstrual cycle. Rising levels of luteinising hormone (LH) trigger ovulation. The higher the levels, the less effective the protection. Therefore, the sooner you take it, preferably on the same day, the more effective the pill will be.
Which pill should I take?
We offer two types of pill in our pharmacy; these are Levonorgestrel and ellaOne.
Levonorgestrel is a synthetic hormone that prevents your ovaries from releasing an egg during ovulation. The hormone is also designed to stop sperm from being able to fertilise an egg that has already been released. You must take this pill within 3 days of unprotected sex for it to be effective.
ellaOne contains ulipristal acetate, a chemical which prevents or delays the release of an egg. This stops the egg from being fertilised, preventing pregnancy. Taking ellaOne can make other forms of contraception, such as the combined pill, less effective. It is important to take extra precautions, such as using condoms, after taking the ellaOne tablet. To be most effective, it should be taken within 5 days of unprotected sex.
You should take a pregnancy test if you miss or experience a period more than 7 days late after taking either pill. Please note: only women can buy the morning after pill. You must fill out a questionnaire to determine your suitability.
Further guidance can be found within our emergency contraceptive pill guide.
How does the IUD work?
The IUD (also known as the coil) is a small t-shaped copper/ plastic contraceptive device. The coil releases copper, which alters the cervical mucus. This makes it more difficult for eggs to be fertilised. For up to 5 days after unprotected sex; similarly, up to 5 days after the earliest time you could have ovulated, the IUD can be fitted as effective emergency contraception.
Less than 1% of women who use the IUD get pregnant; this makes it more effective than the pill. When left in, you IUD also acts as long-term protection.
You can order emergency contraception through our online prescription service.
Or why not download the Healthera app to order your prescriptions 24/7, at a time that suits you?
Book in online or call us to get your emergency contraception today, without the need to visit your GP.