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Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception.

The emergency contraceptive pill (often called the “morning after pill”) is a pill that you can take after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.

The emergency contraception is available directly from a pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription to those over 17 years of age, subject to meeting certain criteria.

The emergency contraception service is available free of charge to medical card holders.

If you think you need emergency contraception, it’s important to act quickly. Emergency contraception is a safe, effective and responsible method of preventing pregnancy when regular contraception has failed or if no contraception was used.

Remember, emergency contraception cannot protect against a sexually transmitted infection.

Talk to your pharmacist or doctor if you have any questions about STI’s or visit for more information.

Cost is €25

This Service is only available when the Pharmacy is open, you can find our opening hours here.

All of our Pharmacists have been trained to treat requests for emergency contraception professionally and confidentially. The pharmacist will need to ask a few simple questions before giving you the medication. This will help the pharmacist ensure that the emergency contraception is suitable for you to use. If for any reason it is not suitable, the pharmacist will direct you to another source for help and support.

Some of the reasons it may not be suitable to supply emergency contraception include:

  • Too much time has passed for the medicine to be effective

  • You are taking other medicines that interact with emergency contraception

  • You have an existing medical condition that means it is not safe to take emergency contraception

  • Your last period was irregular in some way

  • Emergency contraception can be effective up to 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex but it is important to take it as soon as possible as the quicker you take it the more effective it works.

The Pharmacist will make contact with you once we receive your enquiry, you must then collect it in the pharmacy of your choice.

You will need to complete a consultation with the Pharmacist on arrival.

Enquire about Emergency Contraception


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