We supply the emergency contraception "morning after pill" in Manchester free of charge to all patients. The patient has to come to thackers pharmacy in Manchester as levonelle (morning after pill) has to be taken on the premises. No appointment is necessary, just turn up at anytime. It involves a ten minute consultation with a pharmacist in a private consultation room.
Emergency Hormonal Contraception
EHC, or the ‘morning after pill’, as it is more widely known, is a method of contraception that can be used to prevent pregnancy up to 72 hours after a woman has had unprotected sex, for any reason. However, it is more effective the sooner it is taken after unprotected sex. At Thackers Pharmacy, in Manchester we provide this confidential service FREE of charge to all suitable women, after a short consultation with one of the pharmacists.
The treatment consists of one emergency contraceptive pill, called Levonelle, which is taken at the end of the consultation. The tablet contains the female sex hormone, levonorgestrel, which works in numerous ways to prevent pregnancy:
- It prevents the release of an egg, so that it cannot be fertilised
- It thickens the mucus at the entrance to the womb, preventing the movement of sperm into the womb
- It thins the womb lining, preventing an egg sticking to the wall and developing
The emergency contraceptive pill should not be used as your regular form of contraception, it is only for emergencies, and will only protect you from that particular incidence of unprotected sex. It does not prevent pregnancies from further episodes of unprotected sex during your cycle.
There have been no serious or long-term effects noted from the use of the morning after pill, however some women have noticed:
- Feeling sick
- Feeling tired
- Stomach pains
- Some irregular bleeding before their next period
- A next period that can be lighter or darker than normal, and can come earlier or later than normal
If you are sick within three hours of taking the pill, you can return to the pharmacy where you will be provided with another pill. This will ensure that the treatment is still effective.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
It is important to note that EHC does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Only barrier methods, such as condoms, can protect you from catching an STI.
If you have any concerns that you may be at risk of contracting an STI, you are encouraged to visit your local sexual health clinic for screening.
There is a high incidence of some STIs, such as Chlamydia, in younger age groups. We provide a Chlamydia screening and treatment service. For more information please follow the link on the home page, via the free services menu.
For further information you can visit the websites below, or you can come into Thackers Pharmacy, Manchester where a member of staff would be happy to discuss any concerns you have.
NHS CHOICES website: emergency contraceptive pill
FPA website: Your guide to emergency contraception