Women who seek emergency contraception, the morning after pill in Cambridge have two options of supply from Milton Road Pharmacy. Regardless of the method of supply, women can use a private consultation room to speak to the pharmacist at Milton Road Pharmacy. Emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) is offered as a ‘walk in’ service as well as a pre-booked appointment. Use our appointment scheduling page to book your appointment.
How to get free Morning After pill in Cambridge?
Milton Road Pharmacy offers a free service for the supply of emergency contraception. This service is commissioned by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council.
Who can use free emergency contraception service?
Emergency contraception service is offered free of charge to clients 13 and above, regardless of their place of residence. The pharmacist must speak to a person requesting EHC in person. Clients aged 13-15 do not need to be accompanied by an adult, however, a pharmacist will make and record an assessment to ensure their competence to receive advice and treatment.
Which emergency contraception is offered as a part of free service?
One of two emergency contraceptive pills may be offered:
- Levonorgestrel (Levonelle-1500®) or
- Ulipristal acetate (ellaOne®) 30mg
Difference between emergency contraceptive pills
When the supply of the morning after pill is made for free, the pharmacist needs to go through a questionnaire which checks the suitability of the emergency contraception. A person requesting the supply of the morning after pill must be present. Supply of emergency contraception to patient’s representative (a family member, boyfriend or friend) is not possible.
Record of the consultation can be shared with the patient’s GP only if a patient gives consent to do so. Supply of morning after pill can be made even if consent to share the information with the patient’s GP is not given, with the information recorded as pharmacy record.
The consultation covers the timing of unprotected sex to determine which emergency contraceptive pill is offered. Additionally, patients are asked about any underlying conditions, drug history and allergies.
Purchase of over the counter morning after pill in Cambridge
The morning after pill can be purchased ‘over the counter’ from Milton Road Pharmacy.
Which emergency contraception can be purchased?
Emergency contraception which can be purchased from Milton Road Pharmacy include:
- Levonorgestrel (different brands available)
Restrictions on over the counter sale of the morning-after pill
Similarly to free EHC service, pharmacists must speak to a person requesting EHC in person. Women requesting levonorgestrel EHC or ellaOne® may be asked to fill in the screening questionnaire, which is reviewed by the pharmacist.
For levonelle EHC the following sale restrictions exist:
- a patient must be 16 years of age or over
- this form of emergency contraception can be used within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse or failure of a contraceptive method.
Are they any restrictions on the sale of ellaOne®?
There are no specific age restrictions for the sale of ellaOne®, however, a pharmacist may need to determine the competency of a person requesting ellaOne®.
ellaOne® can be taken no later than 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure.
The morning after pill – alternative options in Cambridge
Your GP, prescribing nurse or another qualified prescriber can issue a prescription for the morning-after pill. When prescribed on NHS prescription, emergency contraception is free and can be collected from any pharmacy.
The intrauterine device (IUD or coil) is the most effective form of emergency contraception. IUD can be fitted up to five days after unprotected sex. To be effective, IUD can be fitted up to five days from the earlier day women could have ovulated.
Where can you get the intrauterine device (IUD) fitted in Cambridge?
iCaSH offers a variety of services including contraception (and emergency contraception), treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV care and treatment and related advice.
Patients can contact iCaSH on 0300 300 3030. iCaSH branch in Cambride is located at:
Lime Tree Clinic, Cambridge
Address: Brookfields Campus, 351 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3DF