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Morning after pill

Find out more about Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg, the morning after pill that can be used as a form of emergency contraception.

If you have had unprotected sex in the past three days, or if your usual form of contraception may have failed you might be worried about getting pregnant.

It may be possible for you to take the morning after pill, also known as the emergency contraceptive pill.

This pill must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. The Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg Tablet contains Levonorgestrel, which is a progestogen-based hormonal emergency contraceptive.

In order to get a morning after pill, you will have a confidential and anonymous consultation with a Boots pharmacist, which you should be able to do in a private area of the store. If the Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg Tablet is suitable for you, the Boots pharmacist will be able to supply it and there is no need to go to your doctor. However if the pharmacist does not believe that this morning after pill is suitable for you, you may be referred back to your doctor.

With so many Boots stores nationwide, you should be able to get to a store relatively quickly for help and advice from one of our pharmacists. If you prefer, you can also speak to your doctor, the family planning clinic or if you are under 25 you can also contact the Brook Advisory Centre for the morning after pill, as well as advice on alternative emergency contraception options.

When prescribed by your doctor or family planning clinic on the NHS, the morning after pill would be free. Some local NHS organisations make it available free at pharmacies but this is not always the case.

Find your nearest Boots pharmacy here.

Who can take the Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg Tablet?

If you are over 16 our pharmacist will be able to supply emergency contraception if it is appropriate for you. But if you are under 16 please talk to your pharmacist who may still be able to supply it under local NHS arrangements. Or they can help you find details of your local family planning clinic to find out about further options.

However, Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg Tablet will not be suitable if you:

  • Are already pregnant
  • Had unprotected sex more than 72 hours ago
  • Are allergic to any of the ingredients - the pharmacist can help you work this out
  • Have a sugar intolerance

If you have ever had an ectopic pregnancy, or have a digestive condition such as Crohn's disease, you should consult your doctor about emergency contraception. There are other options available.

If you are breastfeeding, please let the pharmacist know and they will be able to give you more information. If you are not sure if the morning after pill is suitable for you or you have any other questions, please ask your Boots pharmacist.

Please note: Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg Tablet is currently not available to buy online.

How effective is the Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg tablet?

The Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg Tablet can be used to help prevent a pregnancy within 72 hours (three days) of having unprotected sex. The sooner it is taken after unprotected intercourse, the more effective it is and ideally it should be taken within 12 hours.

This morning after pill is thought to be up to 84 per cent effective in preventing pregnancy if it is taken as directed within 72 hours of unprotected sex. It is only intended for occasional use. It should not be used on a regular basis and is not a substitute for long-term contraception. It is important to know that this medicine will not stop a pregnancy if you are already pregnant.

View the Boots EHC information leaflet

How much does it cost?

The Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg Tablet costs £26 for a single pack.

When prescribed by your doctor or family planning clinic on the NHS, the morning after pill would be free. Some local NHS organisations make it available free at pharmacies but this is not always the case.

How to take Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg tablet

  1. Take the tablet as soon as possible after unprotected sex - ideally within 12 hours and before 72 hours has past
  2. Swallow the tablet whole, with water
  3. If you are sick within three hours you will need to take another tablet. Consult your pharmacist or doctor for more advice and to obtain another tablet.

Always read the label of Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg Tablets.

What happens next?

If you are sick within three hours of taking the tablet, you should return to your pharmacist or doctor for more advice. If you had to take a morning after pill you may want to find out more about different contraception methods that are available to see which could work for you. Please ask our pharmacists, or visit your family planning clinic for more information.

It may also be worth knowing that the morning after pill may disturb your normal monthly cycle. For example, your next period may start a few days earlier or later than usual. If your next period is more than five days late, or is unusually light or heavy, or there is any other reason you might suspect you are pregnant, you should take a pregnancy test and talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

Is the Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg tablet available on boots.com?

No. The Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg Tablet can only be bought or provided free of charge in a Boots store, at the medicines counter. This is because it is important to have a consultation with a pharmacist before buying and taking the emergency contraceptive pill, to make sure it's suitable for you and give you all the advice you need.

Also, it is important to take the morning after pill as quickly as possible after having unprotected sex and visiting your local Boots pharmacy can be a quick option.

How does a morning after pill work?

It is unclear exactly how the morning after pill works to prevent pregnancy, but it is thought that it:

  • Stops the body releasing an egg (ovulating).
  • Prevents sperm from meeting an egg that has been, or is about to be released (fertilisation).
  • Stops a fertilised egg from attaching itself to the womb.

The tablet will not work if:

  • You had unprotected sex more than 72 hours ago
  • You are already pregnant

If this is the case, you must not take the tablet.

Are there any side effects to the Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg Tablet?

Some people experience side effects. These may include:

  • Dizziness and feeling overly tired
  • Feeling sick, being sick, lower stomach pain or diarrhoea
  • Headache
  • Unexpected bleeding not related to your monthly cycle
  • Breast tenderness

If you experience any difficulty in breathing or swelling of the face, neck, tongue or throat, seek medical attention immediately.

Can I take a morning after pill if I am on other medication?

Tell the pharmacist or doctor about ANY other medicine you are taking before you take the morning after pill, particularly the following:

  • Barbiturates, Primidone, Phenytoin, Carbemazepine (used predominantly to treat epilepsy)
  • Rifampicin or Rifabutin (usually for tuberculosis)
  • Ritonavir (for HIV infection)
  • Griseofulvin (for fungal infections)
  • Ciclosporin
  • Herbal remedies containing St John's Wort

If you are unsure, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Will the Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg Tablet protect me from sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

No it will not protect you from any sexually transmitted disease. Only barrier methods such as condoms can do that.

What other advice is available?

If you want advice on any aspect of your sexual health and relationships, you can speak in confidence to the pharmacist, your doctor, the family planning clinic or if you are under 25, the Brook Advisory Centre.

What happens if more than 72 hours has elapsed since having unprotected sex?

If it's been more than 72 hours since you had unprotected sex, do not take the morning after pill. There are other things that can be done to help avoid pregnancy. You can speak to the pharmacist, your doctor, the family planning clinic or if you are under 25 you can also contact the Brook Advisory Centre, for advice on alternative emergency contraception options.

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If you have had unprotected sex within the last 72 hours (three days), or you are worried your usual form of contraception failed, for example, the condom split, you may wish to consider a form of emergency contraception.

The morning after pill may be an option. After a confidential consultation with a pharmacist, if appropriate and you are over 16 years of age you can buy a single pack of Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg, from most Boots pharmacy counters.

The consultation with the pharmacist is anonymous and is completely confidential. In some stores a private consultation room may be available. The pharmacist can offer advice as to the options available, as well as answer any questions you may have about the morning after pill.


Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg tablet is available from Boots Pharmacy stores.


Find your nearest Boots stockist here


How the morning after pill works

Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg contains Levonorgestrel, which is a progestogen-based hormonal emergency contraceptive.

It can be used to help prevent a pregnancy within 72 hours (three days) of having unprotected sex. However, the sooner it is taken after unprotected intercourse, preferably within 12 hours, the more effective it is.

The morning after pill is thought to be up to 84 percent effective in preventing pregnancy if taken as directed and within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg is intended for occasional use only. It should not be used on a regular basis and is not a substitute for long-term contraception. This medicine will not stop a pregnancy if you are already pregnant.


Who can take the morning after pill?

Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg can be taken by women aged 16 years and over. However, it is not suitable for everyone. Do not take the morning after pill if you:

  • Are already pregnant
  • Had unprotected sex more than 72 hours ago
  • Are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • Have a sugar intolerance

Women who have a history of ectopic pregnancy or digestive conditions such as Crohn's disease should consult their GP to see if they should take the morning after pill.


Women who are breastfeeding should consult the pharmacist for more information.


Refer to our frequently asked questions about the morning after pill for more information. If you are unsure whether the morning after pill is suitable for you, please consult your pharmacist, GP or family planning clinic.


Girls under 16 may wish to talk to their pharmacist or family planning clinic for more advice.


How to take the morning after pill

  • Take the tablet as soon as possible after unprotected sex - ideally within 12 hours and before 72 hours has past
  • Swallow the tablet whole, with water
  • If you are sick within three hours you will need to take another tablet. Consult your pharmacist or GP for more advice and to obtain another tablet.

Always read the label of Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg.


Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg tablet is available from Boots Pharmacy stores.


Find your nearest Boots stockist here


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