Emergency Contraceptive Pill ( Morning After Pill )
The emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) also commonly known as the morning after pill is available from Lagans Pharmacy.
It can be a stressful time if you require the ECP so our accredited pharmacists will take you through a brief consultation in a private consultation room to see if the ECP is appropriate for you. You do not need to make an appointment, and we will see you promptly.
If you are under the age of 25 years old the Hutt Valley district health board fully funds this service so there is no charge to you.
The ECP prevents pregnancy by delaying the release of an egg from your ovary until sperm are no longer active, and changing the lining of your uterus so a fertilised egg will not develop further.
The ECP is for emergency use only and is not a substitute for regular contraception. Please talk to one of our pharmacists and they can advise you of options to discuss with your doctor.
Taking the ECP as soon as possible is best but you can expect the follow success rate up to 72 hours after unprotected sex:
95% if taken within 24 hours
75% if taken within 48 hours
50% if taken within 72 hours
The ECP does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, so please talk to our pharmacists or your doctor if you have concerns about the potential of contracting one of these infections.
It is normal to experience some of the following side effects when taking the ECP: Breast tenderness, Dizziness ,Headache, Nausea or Vomiting. If vomiting occurs within three hours of taking the ECP, another dose should be taken immediately. Please see one of our pharmacists as soon as possible if this should occur.
It’s recommended that you use a barrier contraceptive (condoms) until your next period. If you take a regular contraceptive tablet you normally keep taking it as normal but discuss with our pharmacist during your consultation. The emergency contraceptive pill is generally safe to take while breastfeeding.
If you require the Emergency Contraceptive Pill, then come on in and see us in our private consultation room. All information provided if confidential.