Emergency Hormonal Contraception (Morning After Pill)

Request the morning after pill

The emergency contraceptive pill (often called the “morning after pill”) is a pill that you take after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. Emergency contraceptive pills are available directly from a Pharmacy without a Doctor’s prescription to women over 17 years of age, subject to meeting certain criteria.

From July 2017 the emergency contraception service is available FREE of charge for everyone from age 17-31. If you think you need emergency contraception, it’s important to act quickly. Emergency contraception is a safe, effective and responsible method of preventing pregnancy when regular contraception has failed or if no contraception was used.


How long after can it work?

Emergency contraception can be effective for up to 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex but is more effective the sooner you use it. Remember, emergency contraception cannot protect against a sexually transmitted infection. Talk to your Pharmacist or Doctor if you have any questions about STI’s or visit www.thinkcontraception.ie for more information.

Our Pharmacists ensure professional treatment of emergency contraception requests in a private consultation room. They will assess suitability, provide guidance on usage and side effects, and offer advice on long-term contraception options.

NOTE: Emergency contraception is not 100% effective. To save time we have an online consent form that can be completed in advance. Our pharmacist will review the information and prepare your medicine if appropriate. You may need to be contacted for a phone consultation if extra information is required.