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UK prices for morning after pill: is there an alternative?

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News articles over the weekend (7-8 May 2016) revealed that women in the UK are paying an astonishing five times more for the morning after pill than those in other European countries.

Experts have also expressed outrage at the hoops that must be jumped through to get the drug, calling on the government to make it available off the shelf, as well as reduce the price. Unlike in France, Scandinavia, and the United States, the pill is not available without a consultation; women are required to undergo a consultation and discuss their sex lives with a pharmacist or doctor in order to access the time-sensitive emergency contraception.

High costs and a difficult process to obtain the morning after pill have resulted in what Anne Furedi of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service calls a framework that is “insulting, expensive and does not meet women’s needs”, according to The Independent. Read in full

Can I trust my contraceptive?

contraceptive failuresWe all want to trust our contraceptive but how reliable are they really? There are statistics out there but how do we interpret them?

The background level of fertility varies naturally between couples. Many forms of contraception are affected by “user reliability”. Women’s natural fertility declines from the age of 27 and men’s from age 60, so there are lots of factors to consider. Statistics often quote a figure for “consistent and correct” use (often from clinical trials) but these are often very different from “typical” use, which is a more helpful figure to most people. Read in full

New NHS guidelines let teenage girls stock up on morning-after pill

teenage morning after pillNew NHS guidelines allowing teenage girls to stock up on the morning-after pill has sparked Government fears the move could lead to promiscuity.

The morning-after pill has always been a prickly issue and political hot potato, but the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) will make the announcement this week.  Patients’ groups and campaigners have responded with anger and outrage and the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has also expressed concerns.

Current guidelines for GPs and chemists states under 25s, which includes girls under 16, can obtain the morning-after pill readily and in advance of sexual intercourse, without parental knowledge or consent. Providing ’emergency contraception’ does not presently apply, but the new guidance will let women obtain the morning-after pill in bulk for the first time.

NICE originally suggested the move four years ago but it was delayed due to fears it would encourage unprotected sex and promiscuity and lead to increased rates of sexually transmitted diseases. Read in full

Everything you need to know about the morning after pill

The prospect of an unwanted pregnancy can become a scary reality to women who experience failures with their contraception methods. However, emergency contraceptives, like taking the morning after pill, can prevent 90-95% of unwanted pregnancies from taking place. Here are some frequently asked questions about the morning after pill and its effects. Read in full


EllaOne pack photoEllaOne (ulipristal acetate 30mg) is a newly available morning after pill with an advantage. The only previously available morning after pill, Levonelle, must be taken within 3 days of intercourse. EllaOne can be taken up to 5 days after intercourse.

EllaOne is as effective as Levonelle within the first 3 days, and crucially remains effective within a further 2 days. EllaOne is a prescription only medicine and is available from Dr Fox. Read in full

Contraception Online

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. Read in full

Morning After Pill

What is the Morning after Pill?

The ‘morning after pill‘ is the name most people use for a pill which can be taken after intercourse to prevent pregnancy. It is usually taken the ‘morning after’ intercourse and hence the name.

The proper name for the Morning after Pill is Levonelle. Levonelle is a single dose tablet that will prevent pregnancy if taken in the first 72 hours (three days) after unprotected intercourse. Read in full

The morning after pill on prescription – emergency contraception

Dr Fox provides the morning after pill on prescription. This allows women to be prepared by having the morning after pill for use at short notice when they might need it.

The morning after pill (Levonelle) is a single dose tablet of a hormone which when taken early after intercourse will normally prevent pregnancy. Dr Fox gives advice on when and how to take the morning after pill. This emergency contraception is supplied to eligible women after they complete a short online consultation. Dr Fox also provides 3-months of regular contraception. Read in full