Morning After Pill

The Morning-After-Pill is the name given to Emergency contraception and is used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. 

You can buy the morning after pill online from our UK Registered Online Pharmacy.

It is available as an advance supply to women over the age of 18. It allows women to be prepared for a contraceptive accident, unprotected sex or a missed dose of their contraceptive...

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Morning After Pill Information

The Morning-After-Pill is the name given to Emergency contraception and is used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. 

You can buy the morning after pill online from our UK Registered Online Pharmacy.

It is available as an advance supply to women over the age of 18. It allows women to be prepared for a contraceptive accident, unprotected sex or a missed dose of their contraceptive pill, should one occur. A split condom or missed pills can happen to anyone and having a morning-after pill to take when it is required allows women the peace of mind to know they are protected in all scenarios.

There are two main emergency contraceptive pills in the UK and they are:

  • Levonelle: effective for up to 72 hours or 3 days after unprotected sex. Contains the active ingredient levonorgestrel, which is a synthetic version of the human sex hormone progesterone.
  • EllaOne: effective for up to 120 hours after unprotected sex (5 days). Contains the active ingredient ulipristal acetate. This interferes with how progesterone works.

If you need an immediate supply following a contraceptive accident or unprotected sex you should see your GP or your local pharmacy to ensure you can take your emergency contraception as quickly as possible.

It is important to note that if you have had unprotected sex or have had a contraceptive accident, emergency contraception can help to prevent pregnancy, however it does not protect against STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea. If you have had unprotected sex you should have an STI check through our online pharmacy sexual health clinic.

For advice on what to do if you have missed one or more contraceptive pill, see the NHS Choices website.

We are also able to supply contraceptive tablets (the ‘pill’) to allow you to obtain a repeat supply of your regular contraceptive pill without the need to see your GP.

Overview

What is the Morning After Pill?

Earning its name from the time at which you take it, the morning after pill is a form of contraceptive, designed only to be taken in an emergency. This could be due to your usual contraceptive not working (such as a condom breaking) or maybe you just didn’t use any, but in these circumstances, the morning after pill can be taken to prevent pregnancy.

How does the Morning After Pill work?

This emergency contraceptive contains the female hormone, levonorgestrel, which works to delay ovulation in two different ways. First of all, it stops your ovaries from releasing an egg, meaning there’s nothing for the sperm inside you to fertilise. The way it works when taken slightly later down the line is that it alters your womb so that if an egg has already been fertilised, it won’t be able to embed into the lining. Working in these two different ways is how the morning after pill manages to be effective for up to 5 days after unprotected sex.

It’s important to remember that this kind of contraception is for use in an emergency only, and should not be relied upon regularly. If you find that you are needing the morning after pill quite often, then you may want to consider our range of regular contraceptives, such as the pill or alternatives.

The morning after pill is also very different to the abortion pill; it will only stop you from getting pregnant, it will not work if you are already pregnant. If you are pregnant then you will have to consult a doctor to find out your options.

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What are the benefits of the Morning After Pill?

There are a number of plus sides to using the morning after pill in an emergency, the first one being that it’s easy to use. It only requires a single use, taken orally, and this can be done up to 5 days after unprotected sex. Another one is its effectiveness. With a proven success rate of 95-98%, the morning after pill can be trusted when other contraception has failed.

Although it’s better to protect against pregnancy in the first instance (with a pre-emptive kind of contraception), the morning after pill offers a safe and simple option for women who do not want to become pregnant. Without it, women would have to consider abortion which can take its toll physically and emotionally, so the morning after pill helps women to avoid this completely.

Another reason that the morning after pill is beneficial, is the fact that it’s easy to obtain. Cloud Pharmacy stocks two different options which can each be ordered safely and quickly using our online doctor’s service. Levonelle is one option and can work up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, while ellaOne can be taken up to 5 days afterwards. We also offer next day delivery, to ensure that you get the medication you require quickly, increasing the chances of its effectiveness.

FAQ

  • What is the Morning After Pill?

    Earning its name from the time at which you take it, the morning after pill is a form of contraceptive, designed only to be taken in an emergency. This could be due to your usual contraceptive not working (such as a condom breaking) or maybe you just didn’t use any, but in these circumstances, the morning after pill can be taken to prevent pregnancy.

  • Can the Morning After Pill be purchased online?

    Levonelle and EllaOne are available online through our pharmacy online. You should only purchase the morning after pill online as an advance supply - if you have had unprotected sex or a contraceptive failure, you should see your GP, local GUM clinic, or local pharmacy to obtain the treatment as soon as possible.

    When ordering online, always check that the website is registered with the MHRA

  • Is it safe to take the Morning After Pill?

    The morning after pill is widely regarded as safe to take with few side effects. 

  • How much does the Morning After Pill cost?

    The pill is available to buy from most pharmacies, with Cloud Pharmacy offering emergency contraception products from £19.99 including delivery.

     

  • Is the Morning After Pill suitable for me?

    Please note that our service is strictly for people aged 18 or over.

    The morning after pill will not be suitable if:

    • You're already pregnant
    • You had unprotected sex more than 5 days (120 hours) ago
    • You're allergic to any of the ingredients (the pharmacist can help you with this)
    • You have a sugar intolerance
    • You have already had the morning after pill during this month's menstrual cycle (speak to your doctor,
    • family planning clinic)

    You must tell the pharmacist or your doctor if you fall into ANY of the below categories before you take the morning after pill:

    • You've previously had an ectopic pregnancy
    • You live with a digestive order, such as Crohn's disease
    • If you are taking any other medication, especially: Barbiturates, Primidone, Phenytoin, Carbemazepine (used predominantly to treat epilepsy), Ciclosporin, Griseofulvin (for fungal infections), herbal remedies containing St John's Wort, Rifampicin or Rifabutin (usually for tuberculosis), Ritonavir (for HIV infection)
    • If you're breast feeding
    • If you're unsure if the morning after pill is suitable for you

  • Can the Morning After Pill be taken regularly?

    You must not use this medication as a method of regular contraception and should bear in mind that it doesn't protect you against chlamydia, gonorrhoea, or other STIs (sexually-transmitted diseases).

  • How effective is the Morning After Pill?

    The morning after pill is not 100% effective, but there is a greater chance of preventing a pregnancy if it is taken within 12 hours of unprotected sex.

    A trial undertaken by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that levonorgestrel (the ingredient in Levonelle) prevented:

    95% of expected pregnancies when taken within 24 hours of sex
    85% if taken within 25-48 hours
    58% if taken within 49-72 hours
    ellaOne® if used correctly, is very likely that it will be effective. However, it is not effective in every case: of 100 women receiving ellaOne® up to 5 days after unprotected sex, approximately 2 will become pregnant. So, as long as you use ellaOne® correctly, it is very likely that it will be effective.

    The morning after pill will not stop a pregnancy if you are already pregnant.

  • How do I take the Morning After Pill?

    Always read the patient information leaflet that comes with the medicine.

    Take the tablet as soon as possible after unprotected sex - ideally within 12 hours and before 72 hours has past (120 hours for ellaOne®)

    Swallow the tablet whole, with water.

    If you are sick within three hours you will need to take another tablet. 

  • How does the Morning After Pill work?

    Morning after pills work primarily by stopping or delaying the body from releasing an egg (ovulation). In the case of levonorgestrel (ingredient in Levonelle), it may also affect the lining of the womb, preventing a fertilised egg from implanting itself.

  • Does alcohol affect the Morning After Pill?

    There is no evidence to suggest that alcohol will reduce the effectiveness of the morning after pill.

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