Getting the morning after pill

If you need emergency contraception, Boots may be able to provide the morning after pill following a private chat with a pharmacist in store

Getting the morning after pill

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. 

Your Boots morning after pill options

The emergency hormonal contraceptives available at Boots are for women who've had unprotected sex within the last five days. Our pharmacist will advise if one of the morning after pills 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.

The following morning after pill options are available

ellaOne

Active ingredient

Ulipristal Acetate

Minimum age

No minimum age

Timing

Can be taken up to 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex

Patient leaflet

ellaOne PDF leaflet

Levonelle One Step

Active ingredient

Levonorgestrel

Minimum age

16

Timing

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

Patient leaflet

Levonelle PDF leaflet

Boots Emergency Contraceptive

Active ingredient

Levonorgestrel

Minimum age

16

Timing

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

Patient leaflet

Boots Emergency Contraceptive PDF leaflet

Active ingredient

Ulipristal Acetate

Levonorgestrel

Levonorgestrel

Minimum age

No minimum age

16

16

Timing

Can be taken up to 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex

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

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

Patient leaflet

ellaOne PDF leaflet

Levonelle PDF leaflet

Boots Emergency Contraceptive PDF leaflet

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

How it works

1

Have a private in-store consultation with a pharmacist as soon as possible after unprotected sex

2

Get advice about your morning after pill options and whether one type is more suitable for you

3

If necessary, our pharmacist will refer you to your GP 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 most Boots pharmacies 
  • Quick: There's normally no need to see a GP

Price

The morning after pill at Boots starts from £26.75, but the price may vary depending on which morning after pill is suitable for you. You may be able to get the morning after pill for free on the NHS if it's prescribed by your GP or a family planning clinic. In some areas, it can also be available free of charge in pharmacies through a local NHS service.* Ask in store if this applies in your area.

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*Subject to eligibility criteria and pharmacist availability