Emergency Contraception, also referred to as the ‘morning-after pill’, is available in Walsh’s pharmacy located in the Corrib Shopping Centre, Loughrea, Oranmore and Spiddal.
Prior to receiving emergency contraception each client must have a consultation with the pharmacist, in our private consultation room away from the public, where a short questionnaire is completed (in total confidence) to ensure the customer is a suitable candidate for emergency contraception.
The effectiveness of the emergency contraceptive pill is dependent upon when you take it. Taking it within 12 hours of having unprotected sex gives the best chance of preventing a pregnancy.
The emergency contraceptive pill has been found to be up to:
- 95% effective if taken within 24 hours of having sex
- 85% effective if taken within 24-48 hours of having sex
- 58% effective if taken within 48-72 hours of having sex
How the emergency contraceptive pill works :
The emergency contraceptive pill prevents the ovaries releasing an egg (ovulation). It also:
- thickens the mucus in the neck of the womb, so it is harder for sperm to penetrate into the womb
- thins the lining of the womb, so there is less chance of a fertilised egg implanting into the womb
Norlevo or Levonelle are the brands of emergency contraceptive pill available on the Irish market. While the composition of both brands is identical, currently only Norlevo is available without prescription, and only after a consultation with your pharmacist. It can be taken up to three days (72 hours) after unprotected sex and can be bought from your local pharmacy if you are over 16 years of age.
Most women can use the emergency contraceptive pill. This includes women who are breastfeeding and women who cannot usually use hormonal contraception, such as the combined pill and contraceptive patch.
However, the emergency contraceptive pill may interact with some medicines (see below).
You may vomit after taking the emergency contraceptive pill. Vomiting within three hours of taking the emergency contraceptive pill may mean that it has not been fully absorbed into your bloodstream. If this happens, there is a chance it will not work properly.
If you vomit within three hours of taking the emergency contraceptive pill, seek medical advice as soon as possible from your GP or a sexual health nurse or pharmacist. You may be advised to take a second emergency contraceptive pill.