Information & Advice
Whether you've had unprotected sex or your usual method of contraception has failed, you might be considering getting the morning after pill. Our Boots pharmacists will have a private conversation with you to help you understand your options.
The most effective method of emergency contraception is the Intra-Uterine Device (IUD), also known as 'the coil', which can be fitted up to five days after unprotected sex. Some women can find this to be a little invasive or haven't got the time to get one fitted, however, if you wish to know more please see your doctor
The emergency hormonal contraceptives available at Boots Pharmacies fall into two categories depending on the active ingredient: Ulipristal Acetate or Levonorgestrel.
Ulipristal Acetate is the active ingredient in EllaOne .
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Levonorgestrel is the active ingredient in Levonelle One Step and Boots Emergency Contraception .
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The cost of the morning after pill at Boots pharmacies can depend on your individual circumstances and which pill is the most appropriate.
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 for free at pharmacies but this is not always the case.
The morning after pill is only available to purchase at Boots pharmacies and currently not on boots.com. This is because you will need to have a conversation with the pharmacist. There's no need to make an appointment, they will have a private conversation with you to discuss all of the available options.
The pharmacist will ask you questions including when you last had sex, your age, and if you have any other medical conditions or allergies. Following this they will either supply you with the relevant pill, if suitable, or refer you to your doctor or local family planning clinic for further help.
The morning after pill is intended for emergency use only and shouldn't be used on a regular basis or as a substitute for on-going contraception. Speak with a pharmacist, see your doctor or visit your local family planning clinic for help and advice on long-term contraception.Find your nearest store
Find out about the different types of morning after pill, including how effective they are, how they work and their side effects.
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