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5 Simple steps and what to expect when going into the pharmacy

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When you arrive at the pharmacy, to save embarrassment you can use the ‘code’ word on this site so you don’t have to ask for emergency contraception in a busy pharmacy.  To get the code click on ‘I need a code’. All you need to do is show the counter staff your phone with the code or you can say the code, whichever you feel most comfortable with.

A few simple confidential questions

The pharmacist will then take you into the consultation room where you will be asked a few questions to make sure you're ok to take the pill.  If you’re ok to take it, you will be given some water and one tablet to be taken straight away.

Consider your future contraception

As your regular contraception has failed or you have had unprotected sex, you should consider your regular contraception in the future.  The pharmacist will ask you whether you would like a conversation with a nurse from the contraception clinic who can help you choose the right one for you. If you say yes, you would like to speak to a nurse you will be asked for your phone number so that the nurse can ring you in the next few days. This is totally confidential.

Free Chlamydia test

The pharmacist will offer you a Chlamydia test which is easy and private; all you need to do is complete a form and pee into a pot. Your test will be sent off and you will receive your results in 2 weeks. The pharmacist will explain this in more detail. For more information on Chlamydia click here.

Advice on other tests available

The pharmacist will explain to you that as you have had unprotected sex you at high risk of coming into contact with a sexually transmitted infection (STI), not just Chlamydia and you should go to the sexual health clinic to have a full check up. The pharmacy will give you an information leaflet and suggest that you book into the nearest sexual health clinic to you.

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