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The emergency contraceptive pill

You may be worried about becoming pregnant if you’ve had unprotected sex or your usual contraception has failed. One of the options available to you could be the morning after pill. 

The emergency hormonal contraceptives available at Prestwich Pharmacy are for women who’ve had unprotected sex within the last five days. Our pharmacist will advise if the morning after pill is suitable for you after helping you understand all of your options. The sooner you take the morning after pill after unprotected sex, the greater the chances of avoiding pregnancy. The morning after pill is intended for emergency use and should not be used on a regular basis.

Always read the label. The morning after pill is more effective the sooner it’s taken after unprotected sex.

How it works

  1. Visit the pharmacy and have a private consultation with a pharmacist as soon as possible after unprotected sex
  2. Get advice about your situation and receive the pill if appropriate
  3. If necessary, we will refer you to your GP or another service for more advice

Your other emergency contraception option

The most effective method of emergency contraception is the intrauterine device (IUD), also known as a coil. This can be fitted up to five days after unprotected sex at your GP surgery or a family planning clinic, but some women can find this invasive. Our pharmacist or your GP can tell you more about it.

Benefits of the service

  • Easily accessible: No appointment is necessary
  • Location: Available in the pharmacy
  • Quick: There’s normally no need to see a GP

Active ingredient

Levonorgestrel

Timing

Can be taken up to 72 hours (three days) after unprotected sex

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