What is the morning after pill?

The emergency contraceptive pill (often called the “morning after pill”) is a pill that you can 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.

Since July 2017 the emergency contraception service has been available free of charge to medical card holders.

What is it

How does emergency contraception work?

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.

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.

How will the pill be supplied?

Hickey’s Pharmacists have been trained to treat requests for emergency contraception professionally and confidentially. The pharmacist will need to ask a few simple questions before giving you the medication. This will help the pharmacist ensure that Emergency Contraceptive pill is suitable for you to use. If for any reason it is not suitable, the pharmacist will direct you another source for help and support.

Some of the reasons it may not be suitable to supply emergency contraception include:

  • Too much time has passed for the medicine to be effective
  • You are taking other medicines that interact with emergency contraception
  • You have an existing medical condition that means it is not safe to take emergency contraception
  • Your last period was irregular in some way

Emergency contraception can be effective up to 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex but it is important to take it as soon as possible as the quicker you take it the more effective it works.

Online Consultation Form

To save you time when you visit your local Hickey’s pharmacy, we have an online consultation form that can be completed in advance. Please click here to complete the form. The pharmacist will have your completed form ready and waiting for you when you arrive at the pharmacy.


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