Women may like to get their contraception online.
The contraceptive pills most frequently provided online are the ones most widely prescribed by GPs. These included Microgynon, Cilest, Ovranette, Marvelon, Micronor, Logynon and Mercilon. Combined contraceptive pills and mini-pills are both prescribed online. The pills are delivered in the post.
Dr Fox supplies these pills, and all other UK pill brands, on prescription, starting from £6.00 for 3 calender packs. This is the price for the most frequently used contraceptive pills. This price is much lower than other online clinics.
The Pill online
An online service suits women who live in areas where it is difficult to get to a chemist, women who are away from home for a few months or women who are just to busy to get a prescription filled. Women who have used the Dr Fox service have said getting their Pill online has saved them time, particularly when they are busy.
Online contraception is not right for all women. To qualify for an online prescription the following conditions must apply:
- There must have been a face-to-face pill check in the last 12 months.
- The Pill requested must be the same as the Pill already being used.
- There must have been no change in the pattern of periods, particularly new irregular bleeding.
- There must be nothing in the past medical history which means special monitoring of contraception is required.
Face-to-face contraceptive checks
Online contraceptive services do not replace face-to-face checks. Annual Pill checks are needed for blood pressure, weight, possible screening for common conditions such as diabetes, breast screening, and to make sure smears are up-to-date. As women approach their mi-forties GPs may advise switching from a combined contraceptive pill containing both an eostrogen and progestegen to a mini-pill containing a progestegen only. Women who smoke and are over 45 are usually advised not to take the combined pill because of the increased risk of thrombosis.
How to get contraception online
On the Dr Fox website women needing a 3 month supply of their Pill fill in a questionnaire. They are asked to confirm they are stable on their pill and are having regular checks. If they qualify for a prescription they can select their Pill from a list of all the Pills available on prescription in the the UK. Once the Pill has been selected a delivery address is entered and payment made.
It is as simple as that. The contraception is posted by Royal Mail recorded delivery.
This method is becoming a popular way to obtain contraception. As long as women do not use online services without getting face-to-face Pill checks the process is safe and convenient. It is better to obtain contraception online than to run out with all the risk this entails.
‘Morning after Pill’ for Emergency contraception
The morning after pill is a special case. This is a single dose tablet which is used to prevent pregnancy after intercourse when other contraception has not been used or has failed. Dr Fox supplies this contraception, Levonelle, to women who need a standby supply. A standby supply is useful because when the morning after pill is needed it is most effective taken as soon after intercourse as possible.
The morning after pill is ineffective if taken beyond 3 days after intercourse. Obtaining Levonelle online for immediate emergency contraception is not appropriate due to the delay in delivery.
Some pharmacists are able to supply emergency contraception, often however, the price is higher than online, where Dr Fox is the lowest cost supplier.
Full list of prescription contraceptive pills
BiNovum, Brevinor, Cilest, Femodene, Femodene ED, Femodette, Katya, Loestrin 20, Loestrin 30, Logynon, Logynon ED, Marvelon, Mercilon, Microgynon 30, Microgynon 30 ED, Norimin, Norinyl-1, Ovranette, Ovysmen, Qlaira, Sunya, Synphase, TriNovum, Triadene, Cerazette, Femulen, Micronor, Norgeston, Noriday.