Your GP can prescribe it to you at your local surgery, and you also may be able to get a free prescription from your local pharmacist. This is also available for free through sexual health clinics.
What will happen when I ask for the morning after pill?
The doctor, nurse or pharmacist will need to have a brief and completely confidential consultation with you before giving you a prescription.
Some doctors or nurses may do this over the phone or on a video call without the need for an in-person appointment.
During this consultation, the doctor, nurse or pharmacist will ask you for some information to help them decide which pill or emergency contraceptive is right for you.
What type of questions will I be asked?
Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will ask questions about your period, such as when you last had one and how long they usually last. They will also ask you about when you last had unprotected sex and about any contraception you use, including if you’ve used emergency contraception recently.
Can I get the morning after pill at an NHS Sexual Health Clinic?
Yes. You can get the morning after pill free from an NHS Sexual Health clinic, which is sometimes called a GUM (genitourinary medicine) clinic.
The NHS staff there will have a short and confidential consultation with you so they can prescribe you the right emergency contraception.
Where else can I get emergency contraception?
NHS walk-in centres, minor injuries units, and Accident and Emergency departments can also prescribe emergency contraception, but it’s best to phone them first before going to check that they offer this service.
Some young people’s clinics and all contraception clinics are able to prescribe emergency contraception after a short consultation.
Young people’s clinics such as Brooks Centres will only offer emergency contraception to people under the age of 25.
Where can I get the morning after pill for free near me?
Some of these locations may have limited availability or opening hours, and some may only be available to certain age groups such as the under 25s. You should check on their website,or call before going to make sure emergency contraception will be available to you there.