Morning After Pill - Emergency Contraception
Whether your contraception failed or you had unprotected sex, you could be at risk of getting pregnant.
Here at Pharmhealth Pharmacy, we have responsible, discreet and experienced pharmacists to help answer any of your queries and help you make an informed decision on the options available to you.
Should you wish to avail of the Morning After Pill, we now offer a Click and Collect service to save you time on collection by filling out an online consultation form and processing your request.
The step by step guide to ordering your Morning after Pill
- Complete and submit the online consultation form below for Collection at Pharmhealth DCU
- Submit your order request for Click & Collect at Pharmhealth DCU
- Wait for confirmation or contact from one of our pharmacists that your order is ready for collection.
- On arrival ask to speak to the pharmacist in the consultation room and give details of your order number.
Some FAQ's you may have?
- If you want to avoid an unplanned pregnancy, you can use the morning after pill. You may wish to do this if you have had sex without using contraception, or if contraception failed.
- Comminly referred to as the 'Morning after pill', Emergency Contraception (EC) is available without prescription in the form of a single tablet called Norlevo or Ella-one.
- There are two types of hormonal emergency contraception; the three day pill (Norlevo) and the five day pill)
Whilst both are effective if taken within the guidelines, it is always best to take the morning after pill as soon as possible after sex to ensure effectiveness. Some studies have suggested that the five day tablet is more effective given it is effective for a longer period of time.
The morning after pill is effective for up to 120 hours after sexual intercourse, However, its effectiveness decreases with time so it is important to act quickly. Evidence* indicates that levonorgestrel-based Emergency Hormonal Contraception will prevent 95% of expected pregnancies if taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex, 85% between 24-48 hours and 58% if used within 48-72 hours.
*Task force on postovulatory methods of fertility regulation (1998). Randomised controllled trial of levonorgestrel versus the Yuzpe regimen of combined oral contraceptives for emergency. Lancet 352: 428-433
Pharmacies are able to offer the morning after pill to women over 17 years of age who meet some criteria. The online form contains questions which enable a pharmacist to make a judgement on the suitability of the 'Morning after Pill' and its use. There is no right or wrong answer to any of the questions asked.
The morning after pill works by modifying the activity of progesterone in the body. The levels of progesterone help control ovulation. The increased levels of progesterone cause a delay in ovulation which stops three things occurring thus preventing pregnancy. These are:
- Temporarily stopping the release of an egg from the ovary.
- Prevents fertilization
- Prevents a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus.
The morning after pill cost varies between being Free of Charge to costing a maximum of €35. The cost will depend on your personal circumstances and the answers to questions asked in the online consultation form you submit. A guide price of what to expect on collection of your order in-store will be viewable when completing your order online.
Yes, it can have an effect on the timing of your next period. Whilst it is likely that your next period will be either early or delayed ,it more frequently happens that your next period will be a few days late.
However, if your period is more than 7 days late; if it is unusually light or unusually heavy; or if you
experience symptoms such as abdominal (stomach) pain, breast tenderness, vomiting or nausea, you
may be pregnant. You should do a pregnancy test right away. If you are pregnant, it is important that
you see your doctor.
Yes, an Intra-uterine Copper Device (IUD) can be fitted as emergency contraception by a family planning clinic or trained doctor up to five days after unprotected sex. However, 72 hours or more must have passed since the unprotected sex for this to be an alternative option. It must also be worn until your next period. It is 99% effective and can remain in place in place as a form of contraception for 5-10 years. It may be more suitable to you if you have taken certain prescribed medicines within the last four weeks. However, its one big disadvantage is that it can cause some women to have heavier and longer periods.
Depending on your degree of lactose intolerance an alternative option may be more appropriate. Don't hesitate to get in touch with one of our Pharmacists should you wish to discuss further