If you’ve had unprotected sex or if there is a chance your normal contraceptive method may have failed (e.g. split condom or forgetting to take your pill) you can take the morning after pill up to 120 hours,or five days, after sex, to prevent pregnancy. There are two medicines available – Norlevo or Prevenelle (Levonorgestrel) and Ellaone (Ulipristal). Norlevo and Prevenelle are effective up to 72 hours after unprotected sex while Ellaone is effective up to 120 hours after.
Emergency Hormonal Contraception, also known as the Morning-After Pill, is available without prescription from us at the pharmacy. A private consultation with our pharmacist is required to make sure that this medicine is safe for you. You do not need to make an appointment for this service. Please drop in and one of our pharmacists will deal with you professionally and discreetly. 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.
The Morning-After Pill is suitable for most women but in certain circumstances our pharmacist may recommend that you see a General Practitioner (GP) or Family Planning Clinic to discuss another method – fitting of a copper coil. Some people are taking prescription medicines which affect the morning after pill meaning that it may not work properly. These patients will be referred or, if this is not possible, may need to take a double dose of the morning after pill.
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 advise you about these. We offer a convenient, accurate and discreet screening service for STIs using Let’s Get Checked.
What if I have a Medical Card?
If you have a Medical Card we can supply the morning after pill directly to you without you having to go to your GP first. This service is free of charge and the HSE prescription levy of €2.50 does not apply. Don’t forget to bring your medical card with you.
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.