Morning After Pill
The Morning After Pill is available directly from Fortune’s Pharmacy without prescription. The morning after pill, or emergency hormonal contraception is taken if you have had unprotected sex or if there is a chance that your normal contraceptive method may have failed (for example, a split condom or forgetting to take your pill). Two medicines are available – Levonorgestrel and Ullipristal. Levonorgestrel is effective up to 72 hours after unprotected sex while Ullipristal is effective up to 120 hours after.
At the Pharmacy
Our pharmacist will carry out private consultation with you to make sure the medicine is safe and appropriate for you to use. The morning after pill is suitable for most women but in certain circumstances our pharmacist may recommend the you see a General Practitioner (GP) or Family Planning Clinic to discuss another method such as fitting of a copper coil.
Is there a charge?
The Morning After Pill is free for all patients who hold a full medical card and the HSE Prescription Levy does not apply. It is also free of charge for all women aged between 17 and 25 years under the free contraception scheme. All other patients pay a fee which varies depending on which treatment is most appropriate.
Do I need to make an appointment to get the Morning After Pill?
There is no need to make an appointment – just drop in and ask to speak to the pharmacist. Don’t forget your medical card if you have one. You are welcome to book an appointment for the service if you prefer. Just click on the “book now” button at the bottom of the page.
For further information on contraceptive methods visit www.thinkcontraception.ie. Regular contraceptive methods include the combined oral contraceptive (“the pill”), the “mini-pill,” injections, vaginal rings, implants and intrauterine devices. Fortune’s Pharmacy supplies these medicines and devices as part of our prescription service.
If you need to talk to someone about an unplanned pregnancy, visit www.positiveoptions.ie or freetext LIST to 50444 for a list of FREE, State funded crisis pregnancy counselling services nationwide.
Please not that the morning after pill is not a replacement for regular contraceptive methods and does not prevent pregnancy in every woman. It also offers no protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Our pharmacist will be able to give you lots of information and advice to help.
If you are aged under 16 years, please make contact with us as early as possible and our pharmacist will explain all of your options to you.