“The simple answer is yes. However, many things have to be considered when a supply is being made,” says Laura.
While there isn’t a specific law against men buying the morning after pill, pharmacists have a duty of care which means they may have to see the person who is actually taking the pill in person.
“Firstly, there are a number of medical questions that need to be answered and these may not be that straightforward for anyone other than the patient to answer,” says Laura, “questions relating to BMI, other medical conditions or the chance they may already be pregnant. And this doesn’t just apply to men – anyone that is not the patient would face the same obstacles. ”
There is no regulation in the U.K to prevent men buying the morning after pill, but pharmacists have a duty of care which may mean they have to speak to the person who is taking the emergency contraceptive pill. The pharmacist will have to take you through a short consultation to see if emergency contraception is right for you, so they would need the person taking it to answer their questions.
If anyone, whether they be a friend, boyfriend or husband, is buying medication for someone else, they may not be aware of that person’s potential health conditions or current medication. This means they may not be able to answer the pharmacists questions accurately. It’s really important the pharmacist has all the information they need so they are able to give the patient the medication that’s right for them.