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What women say about ellaOne

What women say about ellaOne

beautiful young woman with white dress“My pregnancy scare was because the condom broke. I went to a pharmacy and got the morning after pill. I don’t know what would have happened if I didn’t take emergency contraception. It might have been a different story; I don’t like to think about it.”

“I know about emergency contraception because my parents talked to me about it. teenagerI don’t think I’ll need to use it, but you never know. It’s good to know it’s there, just in case!”

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“ One time, I went out and I met this gorgeous guy. We ended up not using condoms. The next morning, we went to the pharmacy and got the morning-after pill, just in case. I think it is really worth the price. If you have a mishap it’s the right thing to do. If you need it, well you need it and you go and get it.”

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“ I took emergency contraception because the condom broke. And that was it, I had to go and get it.”




“I know that you should take the morning after pill as soon as possible. Getting it directly from a pharmacy is really convenient. I would not be at ease discussing  sex with a doctor who knows my family and me.”


I have emergency contraception at home because I am on the pill and I have forgotten to take my pills once or twice. It’s reassuring to have an emergency contraception tablet ready in advance.

Planning what to say

Asking your pharmacist for the morning after pill

If you need emergency contraception, it may be helpful to plan what you are going to say to the pharmacist. Here are some ideas:

  • “I’d like the emergency contraceptive pill please.”
  • “I’d like the morning after pill please.”
  • “I’ve had a contraceptive mishap and I’d like the morning after pill please.”
  • “Can I talk to someone about the morning after pill please?”

Take somebody with you if it makes you feel more comfortable.


Pharmacy consultation

Where can I get the morning after pill?

You can buy ellaOne® from your local pharmacy without prescription.

Be prepared for the pharmacist to ask you a few questions about things such as if you are taking any medication. These questions are just to make sure ellaOne® is the right morning after pill for you. In some instances, they may recommend other brands, but ellaOne is the most effective*.

Talk to your pharmacist

Although you may feel embarrassed, there’s no need to be. Pharmacy staff deal with all kinds of sensitive situations everyday – it’s their job to help you to deal with the situation calmly and make this experience as uncomplicated as they can for you.  They will provide advice and support in a professional manner and if you have any questions about the emergency contraceptive pill, don’t be afraid to ask them.

Nicole’s Story

After my second baby our family was complete. On my 40th birthday my husband organised a surprise party. It was a great night. The next day I realised I’d forgotten to take a couple of my usual contraceptive pills that week and we’d had sex after the party.

I asked my sister what to do. She told me to get the morning after pill from a pharmacist. After talking with the pharmacist and considering my options, I chose to buy ellaOne®. While I was there I bought some condoms just in case.

Getting ellaOne® was very straightforward.

Kimberly's Story

Kimberly’s Story


Kimberly’s ellaOne® experience

HRA-Paharmacie-Situations-368 (1024x683)I had just started college. I had been with Nathan for a while. When his condom came off I was really worried that I’d get pregnant. I knew I wasn’t ready to have a baby.

I had read about emergency contraception on the internet.

I thought it would be easier to go to a pharmacist than get an appointment with the doctor. When I went in I was nervous, but the pharmacist was really nice. There were a few questions, but the whole experience was friendly and professional.

I went to a café and read the information leaflet in the pack.

Then I took ellaOne® and went to my next lecture. When I had my period, it felt like a weight was off my mind.

Nicole's Story