Skip the waiting room and order contraception, the morning after pill and period delay online.
Women can also find themselves frustrated when it comes to securing routine contraception and emergency contraception such as the morning after pill. Despite both these things being widely available through NHS centres and high street pharmacies, many women find it more difficult than it should be to book an appointment and get hold of contraception when they need it.
But with online health clinics, things are different. Register with an online clinic or pharmacy and you can get hold of the prescriptions you need, when you need them – and without the fuss and bother of waiting rooms and pharmacy queues.
Women’s health services available online
When it comes to online healthcare, the emphasis is on routine treatments for non-acute conditions. That means that the products most commonly found in online clinics and pharmacies are things like contraception or asthma treatment.
Prescription medications routinely made available for women online include:
- The combined contraceptive pill
- The progesterone-only pill
- The morning after pill
- Period delay tablets
- Antibiotics for urinary tract infections
- Sexual health treatments
Many online healthcare providers will also supply sexual health test kits, which can be carried out quickly and easily in the comfort of your own home.
How online clinics work
Online clinics and pharmacies work in a similar way to normal GP surgeries – only they tend to be more efficient and convenient for the patient. You start the process by registering with the service, and then selecting the prescription treatment you require. You’ll usually have to fill out a short questionnaire, which details key information like your medical history and any current medications you’re taking.
This information is submitted securely to a doctor, who will usually be able to assess it within the same day. If you can safely use that treatment, your doctor will approve your order and it will be made available, normally by delivery to your home address. Combined oral contraceptive pills (COCP), however, must be collected in store usually once a year, as you may need to have your blood pressure and weight measured. This will be done by your dispensing LloydsPharmacy. Any online doctor service that provides combined contraception without these checks is operating unsafely. Similarly, emergency contraception for immediate use must also be collection only, due to the importance of acting quickly. If you can’t safely use the treatment you’ve requested, or the doctor thinks you require face-to-face medical help, they’ll advise a different course of action.
Many female patients find this process empowering, because it allows them to be treated in a way that makes them comfortable. It also encourages them to keep track of and manage their health in a more hands-on way.
Learn more about your health
One of the key features of a good online health clinic is clear, comprehensive medical information. This allows you to learn more about common health issues and the prescription medications available, which is another facet to online healthcare that helps to place the power in the patient’s hands.
Don’t forget to that outside of online health clinics, there are plenty of free resources you can use to learn more about your body and staying healthy, including:
- NHS Choices
- The Family Planning Association
- Brook (a sexual health charity for young people)
- The eMC (a medicines database)
Contraception services from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor
LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor is one online clinic that can help put the power in women’s hands with their quick and efficient health services.
If you have had unprotected sex and need the morning after pill, you can make an order of Levonelle or ellaOne and collect it from your nearest LloydsPharmacy store the same day (as long as your order is placed and approved before 5pm). For routine contraception, you can order the combined contraceptive pill or the progesterone-only pill.
To view other women’s health treatments we offer, visit our online women’s health clinic. Or, if you’d simply like to read more about women’s health issues, visit our women’s health information hub and read some of the medical articles written by our doctors.