EMERGENCY
CONTRACEPTIVE
PILL

FOR LIFES EMERGENCIES

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At Reens the Emergency Hormonal Contraception Pill is available without a prescription.
Since July 1st 2017 it is now available free of charge to Medical Card Holders, who no longer need to visit the GP.
To avail of the pill just ask for a Pharmacist and we will go through a brief questionnaire with you in the Consultation Room.

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EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION
AT REENS LIFE PHARMACY

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Emergency Contraception is available at Reens if you wish to avoid an unplanned pregnancy.
It is commonly used when you have sex but miss a pill, or had an issue with contraception during sex. 
It works best the sooner taken. Norlevo within 72 hours (3 days), EllaOne within 120 hours (5 days) after sex.

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Visit Reens Pharmacy Millstreet as soon as possible after you have had sex without contraception or if you suspect contraception may have failed. Ask to speak with the Pharmacist in the private Consultation room. No need to feel embarrassed, we deal with sensitive situations everyday. Once in private tell them you would like to get the morning after pill. 

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The Pharmacist will then go through a brief questionnaire with you in the privacy of the consultation room. The questions will cover how many hours since you had sex, what medications you may be currently taking, do you have any medical conditions such as liver disease, epilepsy or a bacterial infection, how long since and any issues with your last period being irregular etc.

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Once the Pharmacist is satisfied that the morning after pill is safe for you to take they will go to the dispensary and get the best one for you. It is just one pill and easy to take with some water as soon as possible. The pill does not require a GP visit or a prescription of any kind. It is free for current Medical Card holders. Then just take the pill as soon as possible.

COMMON QUESTIONS
AND ANSWERS

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We hear a lot of misunderstanding around this subject and what the pill does and does not do.
So we have put together the most popular questions we get asked by customers below with the answers.
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The Emergency Hormonal Contraceptive (EHC) pill is a pill that you can take if you do not wish to get pregnant after having unprotected sex, or sex where you did use protection but feel that you may have had a problem with the contraception used. Also you may have missed a contraceptive pill that you normally take.  

No, since July 1st 2017 the (EHC) pill is available in a Pharmacy without any requirement for a prescription or a visit to your GP. You must answer a questionnaire with the Pharmacist in the privacy of the consultation room first to ensure it is safe for you to take the (EHC) pill before it can be dispensed.

(EHC) Norlevo must be taken within 3 days (72 hours) of having sex and is;

99% effective if taken within 12 hours of sex

95% effective if taken within 13 to 24  hours of sex

85% effective if taken within 25 to 48 hours of sex

58% effective if taken within 49 to 72 hours of sex

(EHC) EllaOne must be taken within five days (120 hours) but again the percentages success decreases the longer you wait to take it.

The sooner after sex you take the (EHC) pill the higher the percentage chance of successfully preventing a pregnancy from starting. The longer you wait the more the percentage chance diminishes.

No. If you were already pregnant and took this pill it would have no effect on a foetus. It does not terminate anything. It only delays Ovulation (the release of a womans egg from the Ovaries). 

The (EHC) pill would not work under the following circumstances;

– If taken 72 hours after sex in the case of (EHC) Norlevo and taken 120 hours after sex in the case of (EHC) EllaOne

– If you vomit within three hours of taking the (EHC) pill

– You are already pregnant by the time you take the (EHC) pill

– You had unprotected sex again after taking the (EHC) pill  

The (EHC) pill works by attempting to stop a pregnancy from happening by delaying Ovulation. It cannot stop a pregnancy that has already taken place. Ovulation is the release of an egg from a woman’s ovaries. Ovulation takes place once during each menstrual cycle. The egg lives for approximately 24 hours. A woman cannot get pregnant if ovulation does not occur. Pregnancy happens when a woman ovulates, the egg travels down the fallopian tube towards the womb where sperm may be in the tube after sex. Sperm can survive for up to five days after sex in the tube. If a live sperm meets and fuses with the egg fertilisation occurs.

The EHC pill is free of charge for medical card holders. For non medical card holders Norlevo costs €25 and Ella One costs €35. 

No. This (EHC) pill does not protect you from or get rid of any sexually transmitted infections that you may pick up from having unprotected sex. A condom is the only method of contraception that can protect you from a STI.

Yes. You can visit your GP and ask about an option called “The Copper Coil”, (Post Coitil IUD) which can be inserted within 5 days of having sex and is 99.9% effective. It prevents sperm from joining an egg or prevents a fertilised egg from attaching to the Uterus. Like the (EHC) pill in question the sooner after sex you have it inserted the higher percentage chance of success.

No. It does not protect you from getting pregnant the next time you have sex.

No. This is not a solution for constant use. It is used as an emergency or back up measure to regular contraceptive methods.

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EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION
PILLS

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At Reens we dispense two different types of EHC pill, EllaOne and Norlevo.
Which one we dispense to you will depend on your questionnaire answers with the Pharmacist. 
They contain different ingredients so the decision is based on your individual case.
EllaOne has an excellent website which explains exactly how the EHC pill works.

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EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION
GUIDE

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The leaflet below is supplied by the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme from April 2013. It appears on and is available to download from the website ThinkContraception.ie  
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GLUCOSE

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A blood glucose test is one of the main components in the diagnosis of Diabetes. We can quickly and painlessly measure your levels with on the spot results.
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SMOKING

GET HELP

QUIT SMOKING

ASK OUR PHARMACIST FOR ADVICE & SUPPORT AS YOU TRY TO QUIT. GETTING SUPPORT MORE THAN DOUBLES YOUR CHANCE OF SUCCESS. THERE ARE LOTS OF PRODUCTS TO HELP.
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