You may need emergency contraception (EHC) to prevent an unexpected pregnancy, after unprotected sex or after the failure of a contraceptive method i.e. condom splitting during sex .
The EHC is available either on NHS (after a full consultation) or over the counter from us. There is a comprehensive questionnaire to complete, followed by a full consultation with our pharmacist, in the privacy of our consultation room.
Levonelle should be taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex. The sooner you take it after a sexual episode, the higher the chance of the tablet being effective. The tablet does not protect you against pregnancy for the rest of your menstrual cycle and does not give any protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
If more than 72 hours after the sexual episode, there is another EHC available on prescription that works for up to 120 hours.
The EHC will not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases and is not suitable for regular use. You should speak to your pharmacist, prescriber or family planning nurse for more advice on regular long-term methods of contraception.
Please contact us for further information and if you have any questions