Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraceptive Pill

Perhaps you have forgotten to take your pill or get your next contraception injection?

Maybe you have been sick and you're wondering if the Pill will still work?

Or maybe you were using a condom which split?

If you think you may need emergency contraception it's important to act quickly - within hours rather than days.

All Sedem Pharmacies can supply you with the ‘Morning After Pill’ should you need to purchase it.

The cost of the ‘Morning After Pill’ is £25.
You must be over 18 years of age.

There are two types of emergency contraceptive pill:

  • Levonelle - is the most commonly used. It can be taken up to three days (72 hours) after having unprotected sex, and is available either free of charge on prescription or can be bought from your local pharmacy if you are over 16.
  • ellaOne - is a newer type of emergency contraceptive pill that can be taken up to five days (120 hours) after having unprotected sex.
EllaOne is only available on prescription.

Who Can Use The Emergency Contraceptive Pill.

Most women can use the emergency contraceptive pill. This includes women who are breastfeeding and women who cannot usually use hormonal contraception, such as the combined pill and contraceptive patch.

The World Health Organisation does not identify any medical condition that limits the use of Levonelle. The safety of ellaOne has not been so widely evaluated yet.

How the Emergency Contraceptive Pill Works

Both Levonelle and ellaOne work mainly by affecting ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovaries). ellaOne works closer to ovulation, when the risk of pregnancy is highest.

Levonelle is not effective after fertilisation, and it is not yet clear whether ellaOne has any effect after ovulation.

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

When to see a doctor or nurse

If you are concerned about any symptoms after taking the emergency contraceptive pill, contact your GP or speak to a nurse at a sexual health clinic.

You may also want to talk to a doctor or nurse if:

  • you think you might be pregnant
  • your next period is more than seven days late
  • your period is shorter or lighter than usual
  • you have any sudden or unusual pain in your lower abdomen (tummy)

Please Note: Emergency Contraception (EC) provides women with a safe means of preventing pregnancy following unprotected intercourse or failure of the contraceptive method used.

The use of Emergency Contraception is not as effective as using birth control pills or condoms.

What to do next

Emergency Contraception (morning after pill) is available to purchase without a prescription at all Sedem Pharmacies where a qualified Pharmacist will be able to offer you confidential advise you on which treatment will be best for you. The cost of purchasing the morning after pill is £25.00

Please see Pharmacy Locations for your nearest Sedem Pharmacy.

We also have an Emergency Hormone Contraceptive Service, and provide the Emergency Contraceptive Pill ‘free of charge’ available at:

27 Woolfall Heath Avenue
L36 3TH
United Kingdom
0151 489 1990

If you need to purchase the Emergency Contraceptive Pill out of normal hours – You can visit Sedem Pharmacy at:

79-81 Walton Road (Store opening hours: Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 19:00)
L4 4AF
United Kingdom
0151 207 3955