Where can I get the morning after pill?
Most people know that you can get the morning after pill from your GP, or you can buy it from your nearest pharmacy, but there are several more discreet and convenient places to get emergency contraception.
What emergency contraception options are available?
There are three main types of emergency contraception available in the UK:
- Levonogestrel (generic Levonelle): must be taken within three days after unprotected sex.
- ellaOne: can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex and is thought to be more effective than Levonorgestrel 1500 if taken after the initial 24 hours have passed.
- The copper coil (IUD): effective up to 5 days after sex and acts as a persistent contraceptive. However, it must be fitted by a trained medical professional.
How to get the morning after pill online
LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor is a safe and easy option when it comes to getting hold of the morning after pill. Simply complete a short consultation online and a doctor will review your information. If medically suitable, your order will be approved and made available to collect from your nearest LloydsPharmacy - on the same day!
This is a good option for women who need the morning after pill quickly and conveniently. It's also convenient for women who don't want to talk to a doctor or pharmacist face to face.
If you’ve recently had unprotected sex and would like to get the morning after pill online or to read some of our doctors' articles, click here to request the morning after pill.
Can you get the morning after pill over the counter?
If you want to get hold of the morning after pill quickly, you can go into most high street pharmacies and buy it over the counter. They typically offer both Levonorgestrel (sometimes known as Levonelle) and ellaOne.
Alternative places to get the morning after pill
You will be required to talk to a pharmacist about your health before receiving your emergency contraception.
You cannot get the emergency IUD fitted at a high street pharmacy, but the pharmacist will have advice about where you could go for that service.
Getting a prescription for the morning after pill through your GP also makes it free on the NHS. Typically, you can get both types of morning after pill (Levonorgestrel and ellaOne) from GP surgeries, and sometimes an emergency copper coil.
The obvious downside with getting the morning after pill from a GP is that it can be hard to get a last-minute appointment. Equally, some women prefer not to go to their family doctor for such discreet matters.
Family planning & sexual health clinics
These are clinics that cater specifically to contraception and sexual health issues. You will always be able to access emergency contraception from these clinics for free.
These types of clinic are the best place to go if you want to be fitted with the emergency IUD.
The main benefit to using these clinics is that you do not require an appointment and can simply walk in - although you may have to wait to be seen. On the downside, you may have to travel further from your home, and you will still need to speak with someone face to face.
Brook centres & other young person’s services
Brook centres cater to women under 25, and will always provide emergency contraception for free. As with sexual health clinics, you can simply walk into a Brook centre - although in some cases you can also make an appointment in advance.
NHS walk-in centres & minor injuries units
In England, you can get emergency contraception at most walk-in clinics. You can also usually get emergency contraception at minor injury units. As with other drop-in clinics you may have to wait to be seen - but you can still usually get your emergency contraception on the same day.