Morning after pill

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Morning after pill

If you need the morning after pill Boots pharmacy is here to help you understand your options

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Understanding 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

Ulipristal Acetate is the active ingredient in EllaOne.

Key information:
  • Timing:
    This pill can be taken up to 120 hours (or five days) after unprotected sex, however, it is more effective the sooner it is taken
  • Age:
    There is no age restriction on this product
EllaOne (PDF)

Always read the label


Levonorgestrel is the active ingredient in Levonelle One Step and Boots Emergency Contraception.

Key information:
  • Timing:
    These products can be taken up to 72 hours (or three days) after unprotected sex, however, they are more effective the sooner they are taken
  • Age:
    Only available to those aged 16 and over
Levonelle One Step (PDF) Boots Emergency Contraception (PDF)

Always read the label

How much does the morning after pill cost?

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.

How do I get the morning after pill from Boots?

The morning after pill is only available to purchase at Boots pharmacies and currently not on 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.

What questions will be asked in store?

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.

Things to consider

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.

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