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Morning After Pill

The morning after pill is a commonly used name for a tablet that is taken after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. Our online clinic currently stocks two types of morning after pill: Levonelle and ellaOne, which are both available for either immediate or future use.

Immediate Use (Collection Only) | from £43.00 per pack

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Future Use | from £43.00 per pack

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Key Features
  • The sooner it is taken the more effective it will be
  • Can be used up to 5 days after unprotected sex
  • Tablet is taken once only

ellaOne for immediate use is available via collection only.

Doctor's Comment
Taken correctly, ellaOne can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex.
Dr Tom Brett

Immediate Use (Collection Only) | from £25.99 per pack

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Future Use | from £24.99 per pack

Levonelle - Morning After Pill - Picture
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Key Features
  • Most effective when taken within 12 hours
  • Can be effective if used within 3 days
  • One tablet, taken once

Levonelle 1500 for immediate use is available via collection only.

Doctor's Comment
Levonelle 1500 is the most commonly used form of emergency contraception. 
Dr Tom Brett

About the Morning After Pill

Both types of morning after pill, ellaOne and Levonelle, are available from our online doctor service and both can prevent pregnancy when taken correctly. It is important to be aware that Levonelle must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, and ellaOne within 120 hours. However, they are both most effective taken as soon as possible after sex.

Depending on your circumstances, you might want to buy the morning after pill for immediate use or future use. All you have to do is fill out a short questionnaire, allowing our doctors to assess whether it is safe for you to take the morning after pill, and make an order. If you would like the morning after pill for immediate use, you will have to collect it from one of our pharmacies, as next day delivery is only available if you order the morning after pill for future use.

The morning after pill should not be used as an alternative to regular contraception. It is designed for one-off use. Ongoing regular contraception is much more effective at preventing unplanned pregnancy than relying on emergency contraception.

Emergency contraception does not protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In the event that you have potentially been exposed to STIs, we strongly advise that you undergo tests. If you have had unprotected sex recently and are worried that you might have a sexually transmitted infection, you should seek medical help and visit your local sexual health clinic. Alternatively, our confidential online sexual health clinic provides advice, tests and treatments for a range of STIs.

How the morning after pill works

Both types of morning after pill work by preventing or delaying ovulation. Levonelle contains levonorgestrel, a synthetic version of the hormone progesterone, which affects your ability to ovulate, while ellaOne contains ulipristal acetate, which stops the progesterone in your body from working normally. Both pills should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex.

Levonelle can be taken more than once during your menstrual cycle. EllaOne, on the other hand, should not be taken more than once during any one menstrual cycle. If you are taking the emergency contraceptive pill because you have missed your regular contraceptive pill, then please be aware that your normal contraception will not be effective straight away. You should restart your regular contraceptive as usual, but use additional precautions or abstain from sex. Please check your pill packet and leaflet for exact advice. 

The most effective form of emergency contraception is an IUD. This can be fitted by a GP or family planning clinic up to five days after unprotected sex.

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