So, you’ve had unprotected sex and you’ve made the decision to take emergency contraception. You can choose to buy ellaOne® in a pharmacy, or you can even order ellaOne® online, if you wish.
Many people feel nervous about making the trip to the pharmacy to ask for the morning after pill – and it’s easy to see why. Disclosing to a complete stranger that you’ve had unprotected sex might feel a little strange, but its important not to let this put you off getting emergency contraception if you want to prevent risking an unplanned pregnancy. Remember that the pharmacy staff are there to help, not to judge you.
Deborah Evans, a pharmacist**, says: “Going to the pharmacy for the morning after pill might feel embarrassing, but it really is nothing out of the ordinary for the pharmacist helping you. It’s part of the job, and we are only interested in helping you make the right choice for you. We want to help.”
You don’t need a prescription to buy ellaOne®. The pharmacist will need to ask you some questions about when the unprotected sex happened, and some more questions about any health conditions you may have, or medicines that you are taking, that could interact with the morning after pill.
ellaOne® has put together a guide to buying the morning after pill in the pharmacy, and explained the questions you may be asked, so that if you’re feeling nervous about the trip you can prepare yourself. Take a look at our suitability checker here.
Don’t forget – emergency contraception is most effective the sooner you take it, so don’t wait around. For more information about ellaOne®, check out All you need to know about ellaOne®.