Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception also known as the morning after pill is a safe, effective, and responsible method of preventing pregnancy when regular contraception has failed or if no contraception was used. 

Emergency contraception pills are available directly from a pharmacy without a doctor's prescription to women over 16 years of age, subject to meeting certain medical criteria which are outlined on the consultation form. The emergency contraception service is available free of charge to medical card holders. It is important to note that the morning after pill is most effective when taken as close as possible to the event.

All our pharmacists in Your Local Pharmacy are highly trained to ensure that you receive a confidential and professional service when requesting the morning after pill. The pharmacist will ask some simple questions to check the suitability of the pill before dispensing to you.

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.sexualwellbeing.ie for more information.