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Emergency Hormonal Contraception Services in east and north Hertfordshire.
If you have had unprotected sex and you want emergency contraception, you can buy the morning after pill from any pharmacy (it costs around £20) and depending on your age you can also pick it up from certain pharmacies for free.
The following pharmacies in east and north Hertfordshire can now supply the morning after pill free of charge to girls and women who are at least 13 years of age and under 25 years of age. (There may be a very small number of occasions when a supply may not be considered safe or appropriate and you will always receive further advice in such cases.)
It is always important to call the pharmacy before you go to check that the qualified pharmacist is available to speak to you.
- Boots, Unit 8, Brookfield Centre, Half Hide Lane, EN8 0NN
- Punni Chemist, 49 High Street, EN8 0BS
- Safedale Pharmacy, 6 Clayton Parade, Turners Hill, EN8 8NQ
- Tesco In-Store Pharmacy, Brookfield Centre, EN8 0TA
- Boots, 47 Town Centre, AL10 0LD
- Campus Pharmacy, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, AL10 9AB
- Tesco Pharmacy, Oldings Corner, AL9 5JY
- Boots, 7 High Street, SG5 1BH
- Boots, 120 Queen Street, SG4 9TH
- Nu-Cross Pharmacy, 8-9 Hermiage Road, SG5 1BS
- Lloydspharmacy, 16 Fawkon Walk, EN11 8UG
- Lloydspharmacy, 1-4 Limes Court, EN11 8EP
- Warecross Pharmacy, 40 Christian Close, EN11 9FF
- Jackmans Pharmacy, 6 Ivel Court, Jackmans Estate, SG6 2NH
- Manor Pharmacy, 42-44 The Broadway, SG6 3BX
- Morrisions Pharmacy, The Broadway, SG6 3TS
- Superdrug, 40 Eastcheap, SG6 3DL
- Archer Pharmacy, 289 Archer Road, Pin Green, SG1 5HF
- Boots, 43-45 Queensway, SG1 1DN
- Boots, Unit 1c Roaring Meg Retail Park, London Road, SG1 1XN
- LloydsPharmacy, Sainsbury Centre, SG2 9RZ
- Stevenage Pharmacy, 12A Emperors Gate, SG2 7QX
- Superdrug Pharmacy, 39-41 Queensway, SG1 1DN
- Bridge Cottage Pharmacy, Bridge Cottage Surgery, 41 High Street, AL6 9EF
- LloydsPharmacy, 40 High Street, AL6 9EQ
Welwyn Garden City
- Boots, 1 Cole Green Lane, AL7 3PP
- Johns and Kelynack, Waitrose Store, Bridge Road, AL8 6AB
- Peartree Paharmacy, 110 Peartree Lane, AL7 3UJ
The morning after pill is a tablet containing progesterone. You will be given one pill to take and it should be taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. It is more effective the sooner you take it and if possible you should take it within 24 hours of having unprotected sex.
There are no serious side effects from taking the morning after pill but some women feel sick or dizzy or may get a headache after taking it. It can also disrupt your periods.
If you vomit within two hours of taking the pill, you may have to take another one or you could have an emergency coil fitted.
Your pharmacist can also also offer you advice on what to do if you have missed taking your contraceptive pill and provide you with information on safer sex, details of other family planning services and leaflets on sexual health.
These pharmacies also provide free condoms and a Chlamydia Screening Kit and will guide you to your local Chlamydia Screening Services.
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection amongst young people and because it has no symptoms, most people who have it won’t know that they have it. If left untreated, Chlamydia can lead to nasty complications and could prevent you having children in the future. Getting tested is really easy, quick and discreet.
As well as getting emergency hormonal contraception from your pharmacist, you can also contact your local family planning clinic or your GP (doctor) as soon as possible. They can prescribe you the morning after pill or fit the copper IUD coil.
Method 2: The Copper IUD (coil)
This is a small plastic and copper device that is inserted into your womb by a trained doctor or nurse. It can be fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex. It is the most effective method of emergency contraception and prevents 99% of pregnancies, but it is not as easily available as the morning after pill and some women who have problems with their womb or cervix may not be able to have a coil. You can read more about this form of contraception here.