Getting the morning after pill

Providing access to the morning after pill in store or online – depending on how soon you need it

The emergency contraceptive pill


If you’ve had unprotected sex, or your usual method of contraception has failed, you might be worried about becoming pregnant. One of the options available to you may be the morning after pill, which works by preventing or delaying ovulation. 

Though often called the morning after pill, it can actually be taken up to five days after unprotected sex, depending on which type of pill you take. The sooner you take the morning after pill, the greater the chances of avoiding pregnancy


The morning after pill is intended for emergency use and shouldn't be used on a regular basis. 


If you need the morning after pill immediately


The emergency hormonal contraceptives available at Boots are for women who’ve had unprotected sex within the last five days. Simply pop into your nearest Boots pharmacy as soon as possible to have a friendly, reassuring and confidential chat with one of our pharmacists. They’ll be able to advise you on your emergency contraceptive options, as well as offer any help or support you may need. Alternatively, you can also visit your local GP or a sexual health/contraception clinic.


You can also purchase this via the Boots Online Doctor, with same day collection in store if ordered before 1pm. Find out more here.


If you want the morning after pill for future use


If you don’t need the morning after pill right now, but would like it in case you want it in the future, you can buy any of the three morning after pills we offer online. Simply fill out an online questionnaire and a pharmacist will check that your chosen pill is suitable for you before sending it out for delivery. You need to be at least 16 years old to buy the morning after pill online. If you are under the age of 16, pop into your nearest Boots pharmacy where you may benefit from a face-to-face chat with a member of our team.

Your emergency contraceptive options available at Boots
Effectiveness Timing Cost Availability/Access
ellaOne (Ulipristal Acetate) Nine in 1000 women would get pregnant after taking it within the first 24 hours after unprotected sex Up to 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex £33.25 or free if prescribed on NHS Available online, in store and via Boots Online Doctor*
Levonelle One Step/Generic Levonorgestrel 1.5mg Tablets (Levonorgestrel) 23 in 1000 women would get pregnant after taking it within the first 24 hours after unprotected sex Up to 72 hours (three days) after unprotected sex From £10.00 or free if prescribed on NHS Available online, in store and via Boots Online Doctor*

*Always read the label. Ordering online isn't suitable if needed for immediate use. If required for immediate use please visit your local store, or alternatively visit Boots Online Doctor which offers same day in store collection if ordered by 1pm.

Your other emergency contraception option


The most effective form of emergency contraception is the intrauterine device (IUD), also know as the coil. It can be fitted up to 120 hours (five days) – and in some cases later – after unprotected sex, either at your GP surgery or a sexual health/contraception clinic. You can then use it as your on-going form of contraception. Some women can find this invasive, but our pharmacist or your GP can tell you more about it. If you’d like to have the coil fitted, you should still take the morning after pill.

Do I have to pay for the morning after pill at Boots?


The morning after pill at Boots starts from £10, but the price may vary depending on which treatment is suitable for you. 


In some areas, it can also be free of charge in pharmacies through a local NHS service (subject to eligibility criteria and pharmacist availability). Ask in store if this applies in your area. You may also be able to get the morning after pill for free on the NHS if it’s prescribed by your GP or a sexual health/contraception clinic. You'll have to pay for the morning after pill if you choose to purchase online for future use.