The ‘morning after’ pill is a type of emergency contraception that can be used within a few days of unprotected sex. It is usually effective, but not always. The morning after pill is for emergency contraception only and should not be used as a form of contraception! It doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
In England sexual health services are available for young people under the age of 16, the services include advice on relationships, contraception (including emergency contraception), pregnancy testing and STI testing. If you feel there is a chance you could be pregnant contact your local sexual health service as soon as possible.
In Australia if you are under 16 you may require a prescription from a doctor to access the pill. You can get a prescription from a GP, sexual health service, or emergency department of your local hospital.
If you’re buying it over the counter without a prescription, the pharmacist may ask you a series of questions or give you a form to fill out to ascertain if you should or can take the emergency contraceptive pill. If you are uncomfortable with discussing this in the pharmacy, you might want to ask if there is a more private space available to talk with the pharmacist.
Some pharmacists may refuse to provide emergency contraception because it goes against their beliefs. This does not give them the right to lecture you about your sexual health or your relationships, or to make you feel like a bad person for trying to prevent a pregnancy.
If you experience this go and try another pharmacy and seek support.
You can always call Children by Choice 1 800 177 725 for support
Check our support page for organisations in your country that can support you