Young women can now get the morning after pill in advance. This provides emergency contraception as soon as it’s needed, increasing effectiveness and reducing unwanted pregnancies.
In the video above, Dr Sam Wellappili explains how new clinical guidelines has made emergency contraception more accessible for women, and summarises the concern this controversial issue has raised.
Hello my name is Dr Wellappili. I’m one of the doctors here at LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor.
Can I get the morning after pill in advance?
Yes you can. On the 25th March 2014, NICE (which is one of the regulatory bodies which regulates clinical practice for all us doctors), released new guidance which states that it would be advantageous to young women to be able to access the morning after pill in advance of them needing it, so that they can use it more appropriately and faster.
How does this affect me?
The purpose would be, that you could take the morning after pill much sooner, so therefore it would be more effective and decrease the chance of an unwanted pregnancy.
I’ve seen some controversy in the media, what are the concerns?
There has been concern raised that making the morning after pill more easy to access will encourage women to be more promiscuous and at risk of STIs. Of course I have to warn that the morning after pill does not protect against any form of STI, and I would always encourage any woman to use barrier protection such as condoms for any sexual encounter with a new partner.
How do I get the morning after pill in advance?
You can get the morning after pill in advance by speaking to your local GP and going through a conventional consultation. Alternatively if you prefer a discreet, trusted online service you can access the morning after pill from LloydsPharmacy for a small charge. Then a doctor like myself would be able to assess your suitability and prescribe as appropriate.
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