emergency hormonal contraception

Emergency Hormonal Contraception

Welcome to Quadrant Pharmacy in St Albans, your trusted destination for accessible and discreet Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) services. We understand that unplanned situations can arise, and your peace of mind is essential. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals is here to provide you with safe and confidential access to emergency contraception in St Albans.

Emergency contraception is a tablet women take to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex, including contraceptive failures like a condom slipping off.

How Does Emergency Contraception Work?

Emergency Hormonal Contraception delays egg release during your menstrual cycle’s ovulation phase. Rising luteinising hormone (LH) levels trigger ovulation. Higher LH levels reduce the morning-after pill’s effectiveness. Hence, take the emergency contraceptive pill immediately after unprotected sex for optimal efficacy.

You can choose between two types of emergency contraception in St Albans: ellaOne and Levonelle (Levonorgestrel).
Levonorgestrel is less effective as LH levels rise, while ellaOne remains effective later in the menstrual cycle. Both must be taken promptly after sexual intercourse, preferably on the same day.

Our Pharmacists offer a confidential service and if eligible the service and treatment will be provided free on the NHS.

What Are the Side Effects of Emergency Contraception?

Common side effects include irregular bleeding, nausea, headaches, and abdominal or period pain.

Can Men Purchase Emergency Contraception?

No, it’s exclusively for women. It is important that the patient themselves comes for the consultation. The consultation should take place at the earliest opportunity after unprotected sex.

Can Emergency Contraception Protect Against STIs?

No, it prevents pregnancy but not sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or diseases (STDs) like chlamydia, genital warts, or HIV. Practice safe sex by wearing a condom during intercourse to prevent STIs.

What Is Unprotected Sex and Safe Sex?

Unprotected sex, which includes contraception lapses or failures like missed pills or improper condom use, risks pregnancy. Not all contraceptives prevent diseases, so practice safe sex to avoid infections.
Safe sex involves using condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and infections while avoiding unwanted pregnancy. Always use a condom, even with other birth control methods.

Contact Us

Get in touch with your friendly team at Quadrant Pharmacy today, to discuss emergency contraception in St Albans.

If no appointment is readily available via the booking platform, please do contact the pharmacy via telephone or come in and one of our pharmacists will still see you.