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Morning After Pill

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.

What is the morning after pill?

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.

 

 

How does it work?

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.

When should I get the morning after pill?

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.

 

 

How can I get the morning after pill?

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:

Oldbury

Langley Pharmacy
21 Langley High Street
Oldbury
B69 4SN

Oldbury Pharmacy
196 Causeway Green Road
Oldbury
B68 8ET

Coopers Pharmacy
206 – 208 Causeway Green Road
Oldbury
B68 8LS

White Chemists
Unity House
6 Unity Place
Oldbury
B69 4DB

Hill Top Pharmacy
1 Pottery Road
Oldbury
B68 9EX

Smethwick

Jhoots Pharmacy
44-46 Cape Hill
Smethwick
B66 4BP

Michaels Chemist Ltd.
262 High Street
Smethwick
B66 3NL

Victoria Pharmacy
5A Suffrage Street
Smethwick B66 3PZ

Tipton

MSN Pharmacy Group
Great Bridge Pharmacy
30 Great Bridge
Tipton
DY4 7EW

Wednesbury

Park Lane Pharmacy
3 Park Lane
Wednesbury
WS10 9PR

West Bromwich

Ingrams Chemist
351 High Street
West Bromwich
B70 9QG

Lyng Pharmacy
1 Lyng Lane
West Bromwich
B70 7RW

Lloyds Pharmacy
52 Lodge Road
West Bromwich
B70 8PA

Lloyds Pharmacy Lyng
19 West Gate Plaza
Moor Street
West Bromwich
B70 7AD

Medipharma UK Limited
279 Walsall Road
Stone Cross
West Bromwich
B71 3HR

Beaconview Chemist
314 Beacon View Road
Charlemont Estate
West Bromwich
B71 3NX

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