DO YOU need to take the morning after pill? Don't panic, as it's widely available here in Britain – you just need to know where to go.
Here's where you can get emergency contraception for free, and how much it costs in pharmacies.
How long do I have to take the morning after pill?
There are two different types of morning after pills – Levonelle and EllaOne.
Levonelle can be taken up to three days after having unprotected sex, but it's most effective if taken within 12 hours.
EllaOne can be taken within five days of having unprotected sex, but it's more effective the earlier you take it.
Experts have warned that taking the morning after pill can increase a woman's risk of ectopic pregnancies.
Because of the side effects, it's intended for emergency use only – and should not be taken on a regular basis.
Where can I get the morning after pill for free?
The NHS provide free morning after pills. You can pick them up in the following places:
- Contraception clinics
- Most sexual health/GUM clinics
- Most GP surgeries
- Most NHS walk-in centres and minor injuries units
- Some hospital A&Es
- Brook centres
- Some pharmacies – search for your closest one here
You will still need to see a doctor or nurse to get the pill, so you may have a fairly long wait in walk-in centres and clinics.
How much does the morning after pill cost in Boots?
Boots has now reduced the price of Levonelle to £15.99, after coming under pressure from campaigners.
The pharmacy previously charged £26.75 for the pills.
Levonelle cannot be sold to under 16s without a prescription from a doctor.
EllaOne, however, can be sold to under 16s and normally costs around £35.
How much does the morning after pill cost in Superdrug?
Superdrug now sell a cheaper morning after pill called Ezinelle, which contains the same active ingredient as Levonelle.
It costs just £13.49 – which is much cheaper than the industry standard of £25.
But the cheapest place to buy this pill is from online supplier Chemist 4 U, who charge just £4.99.
EllaOne costs £35 from Superdrug. It can be ordered online for a click-and-collect in-store service here.
The order takes three hours to be processed online, and can be sent to either Superdrug or Lloyds Online Pharmacy, where it costs £33.
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