Information & Advice
Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg contains Levonorgestrel, a progestogen-based emergency hormonal contraceptive, commonly known as the morning after pill.
It can be used to help prevent a pregnancy within 72 hours (three days) of having unprotected sex. However, the sooner you take it after unprotected intercourse, preferably within 12 hours, the more effective it is.
The Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg morning after pill is up to 84 percent effective in preventing pregnancy if taken as directed within 12 hours of intercourse. It can be taken up to 72 hours after having unprotected sex, but its effectiveness decreases with time.
It is unclear exactly how the morning after pill works to prevent pregnancy, but it is though that it:
The tablet will not work if:
If this is the case, you must not take the tablet.
Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg is available from most Boots pharmacies, for those aged 16 years and over. It is not suitable for everyone and will only be sold after a confidential discussion with a pharmacist.
The consultation with the pharmacist is anonymous and is completely confidential. It can usually be done in a private consultation room in the store. The pharmacist can offer advice as to the options available, as well as answering any questions you may have about the morning after pill.
Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg is suitable for women over the age of 16. However, it is not suitable for everyone.
Do not take the tablet if you:
Talk to your doctor before taking the morning after pill if you have:
Girls under the age of 16 or women who are breastfeeding may wish to talk to their pharmacist, family planning clinic or GP for more advice.
Some people experience side effects. These may include:
If you experience any difficulty in breathing or swelling of the face, neck, tongue or throat, seek medical attention immediately.
This medicine 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.
Tell the pharmacist or GP about ANY other medicine you are taking before you take Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg, particularly the following:
If you are unsure, please consult your GP or pharmacist.
No. The morning after pill can only be bought in a Boots store, at the pharmacy counter. This is because it is important to have a consultation with a pharmacist before purchasing and taking the emergency contraceptive pill, to get all the advice you need, as well as ensuring it is suitable for you and your circumstances.
In addition, it is important to take the morning after pill as quickly as possible after having unprotected sex and therefore visiting your local pharmacist is the quickest option.
If you want advice on any aspect of your sexual health and relationships, you can speak in confidence to the pharmacist, your GP, the family planning clinic or if you are under 25, the Brooke Advisory Centre.
If more than 72 hours has elapsed since having unprotected sex, do not take the morning after pill. You can speak to the pharmacist, your GP, the family planning clinic or if you are under 25 you can also contact the Brooke Advisory Centre, for advice on alternative emergency contraception options.
Always read the label of Boots Emergency Contraceptive 1.5mg.
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