Emergency Hormonal Contraception

Emergency Hormonal Contraception aka the morning after pill, can help prevent unwanted pregnancy within the 5 days of intercourse. If you have had unprotected sex or if there has been a possibility that your method of contraception has failed, we offer the morning after pill to help prevent pregnancy.

How does the morning after pill work?

When other forms of contraception have failed, such as condoms splitting or forgetting to take your contraceptive pill, the morning after pill can help. It works by delaying the release of eggs during the ovulation phase of your menstrual cycle. Rising levels of Lutenising Hormone trigger ovulation. The higher the levels, the less likely the morning after pill will protect you. Therefore, the sooner you take it, preferably on the same day, the more effective the pill will be.

If you are in need of the morning after pill you will be offered levonorgestrel or EllaOne. We ensure a hassle free service to all our patients.

Please note that our pharmacist will need to speak to the person for whom the pill is for & will need to ask a few questions regarding the patients' medical history. This is done in our consultation room. Everything discussed is in complete confidence therefore you can feel completely comfortable & safe when using this service.

Common side effects can include :

• irregular bleeding or changes to your next period
• nausea
• headaches
• abdominal pain

You can get the emergency contraceptive pill in advance of having unprotected sex if you're going on holiday or if you can't get hold of emergency contraception easily.

Please note that the morning after pill cannot protect you against sexually transmitted infections or diseases. It also doesn't prevent future pregnancies of you have unprotected intercourse again. Practicing safe sex prevents you from catching & spreading STIs & it is highly recommended to use condoms alongside a different form of birth control, such as the contraceptive pill or IUD.

If you need the morning after pill then please book an appointment with us and speak to a member of our team today. We are here to support you, always.