If you’ve had unprotected sex in the last three days or if you think a condom may have broken you can get emergency contraception to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.
The morning after pill is available free to all women in Sandwell from a number of pharmacies across the borough – see below for a full list.
The morning after pill is a single tablet that contains a synthetic version of progesterone, a natural hormone that’s produced by the ovaries.
It can be taken by most women, except those who are allergic to its ingredients or have medical conditions that might interact with it.
There are different versions of the morning after pill – the one offered for free by pharmacies has the brand name Levonelle.
It’s believed that the Levonelle works by stopping or delaying ovulation to prevent pregnancy.
The synthetic version of progesterone tricks the body into thinking an egg has already been released from the ovaries so that it doesn’t release one for real.
The hormone is also thought to alter the lining of the womb, meaning it can’t be prepared for a fertilised egg even if one is released from the egg.
You should get the morning after pill as soon as you can if you think you’ve had or may have had unprotected sex.
This is because it needs to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex in order to be effective – and the sooner you take it, the more effective it is.
The morning after pill was designed for emergencies like forgetting to use contraception or using a condom that fails. It isn’t meant for regular use and doesn’t protect against STIs, so you shouldn’t take it as your planned method of contraception.
If you’ve had unprotected sex, it’s recommended that you take a STI test, just to be safe. Click here to order a quick and easy at home testing kit.
You can get the morning after pill for free in Sandwell no matter how old you are.
It’s available from pharmacies across the borough, where pharmacists may ask you a few simple questions to check it’s OK for you to use – like when you had sex, whether your period is late and whether you have any health problems.
The locations that offer the morning after pill for free are:
21 Langley High Street
196 Causeway Green Road
206 – 208 Causeway Green Road
6 Unity Place
Hill Top Pharmacy
1 Pottery Road
44-46 Cape Hill
Michaels Chemist Ltd.
262 High Street
5A Suffrage Street
Smethwick B66 3PZ
MSN Pharmacy Group
Great Bridge Pharmacy
30 Great Bridge
Park Lane Pharmacy
3 Park Lane
351 High Street
1 Lyng Lane
52 Lodge Road
Lloyds Pharmacy Lyng
19 West Gate Plaza
Medipharma UK Limited
279 Walsall Road
314 Beacon View Road
Send an enquiry to our friendly Healthy Sandwell team.