Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception

Introduction

Emergency hormonal contraception often known as “the morning after pill” and is available from your local Dears Pharmacy with no appointment necessary.

All customers wanting to get the tablet will be required to talk to the pharmacist in our private consultation room. This is completely confidential, and our pharmacist is a medical professional bound by the same laws of confidentiality as your doctor is.

There is no need to ask at the counter for the pill, simply ask to speak to the pharmacist in private.

A woman can use emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy after having unprotected sex, or if a method of contraception has failed.

There are two types of emergency contraceptive pill

Levonelle (Levonorgestrel) the most commonly used. It can be taken up to three days (72 hours) after having unprotected sex.

ellaOne is an emergency contraceptive pill that can be taken up to five days (120 hours) after having unprotected sex.

Most women can use the emergency contraceptive pill, including women who are breastfeeding and those who cannot usually use hormonal contraception (such as the combined pill or contraceptive patch).

The emergency contraceptive pill should not be used as a regular method of contraception.

Will the morning after pill protect me from sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

No, it will not protect you from any sexually transmitted disease. Only barrier methods such as condoms can do that. If you feel you may have been exposed to an STI then speak to your GP as soon as possible. If you don’t wish to have a face-to-face conversation, then our pharmacy also offers discreet tests for HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

Where can I get contraceptive advice?

The morning after pill is only intended for occasional use and is not a substitute for long-term contraception. If you would like to find out more about the different contraception methods available and to discuss what might be suitable for you, please speak to one of our pharmacists in confidence, or your doctor, your family planning clinic for more information.

Service details

Price: Free service

Frequency: When required...

Leaflet: Page one

Availability

This service is available in / from the following pharmacies:

Drylaw

Easter Road

Glenrothes

Kelty

Oxgangs

Select your preferred pharmacy to visit their page and enquire about this service or just pop in when it suits you.

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