Emergency contraception (morning after pill)

Emergency contraception, often called the “morning after” pill, is most effective when used soon after unprotected sex. There are three types of morning after pill, all of which are available without a prescription.

A woman taking a pill

Norlevo and Levonorgestrel Norfri are most effective when used within 12 hours of unprotected sex. They become ineffective when used more than 72 hours after intercourse.

Ellaone can be used up to five days after unprotected sex.

Emergency contraception works by inhibiting or delaying ovulation in order to prevent fertilisation.

Where can I get emergency contraception?

Emergency contraception is available from both pharmacies and shops. In the case of shops, the age limit for sales of emergency contraception and all other medications is 18. At pharmacies, there is no age limit for sales of emergency contraception.

Are you a girl aged 16 or 17 and unable to get to a pharmacy? Contact the emergency medical service or a public health nurse for help in obtaining emergency contraception.

Use effective contraception and condoms

Emergency contraception does not replace other means of contraception and should only be used in an emergency. Only condoms provide protection against the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.


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Last updated Monday, September 16, 2019