Emergency contraception (morning after pill)

Request the morning after pill if you need emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy. Take the prescribed pill as soon as possible after unprotected sex. Available for same-day collection.

Request the morning after pill if you need emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy. Take the prescribed pill as soon as possible after unprotected sex. Available for same-day collection.

About emergency contraception

  • When to take it

    Levonelle must be taken within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected sex. ellaOne must be taken within 120 hours (5 days) of unprotected sex. Both pills are most effective when taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex.

    Both Levonelle and ellaOne can be taken more than once during your menstrual cycle.

  • How it works

    Levonelle contains levonorgestrel, a synthetic version of the hormone progesterone hormone. Levonelle primarily works by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation). However, it also increases the thickness of the mucus around the cervix. This can help by creating a barrier that is difficult for sperm to pass through.      

    ellaOne contains ulipristal acetate, which changes the way your body responds to the hormone progesterone. Ulipristal is thought to work mainly by preventing or delaying ovulation, depending on which stage of the menstrual cycle you're at.

  • Side effects

    As with all medicines, ellaOne and Levonelle can cause some side effects. Neither medicine should affect your fertility in the long term.

    The most common side effects for ellaOne include changes in mood, tiredness, headache, nausea (feeling sick)/vomiting, dizziness, period pains, pelvic/back pain, breast tenderness and abdominal (tummy) pain.                    

    The most common side effects for Levonelle include tiredness, headache, nausea (feeling sick), abdominal pain, and irregular bleeding.

  • Our emergency contraception clinic

    Request treatment and complete your emergency contraception questionnaire. We will recommend the treatment that is safe and suitable for you. Available for discreet collection in-store only.

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