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Emergency Contraception

What is the emergency contraceptive pill?

The emergency contraceptive pill, often called "the morning after pill", is a pill that you take after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. It is now available without prescription in Ireland, and is available from Cunningham's Pharmacy.

How do I get the emergency contraceptive / morning after pill?

Click and Collect

You can now fill in our Emergency Contraception Form online in advance. You still need to call into the pharmacy in person to pick it up but your consultation with our pharmacist should only take a few minutes as the form has been completed in advance.If you include your mobile on the form our pharmacist will ring you in advance to advise you which emergency contraceptive is suitable for you.

Call into our stores

If you would prefer you can just call in without filling in the form in advance. Our trained pharmacist will then take you through a few simple questions in our private consultation room to ascertain if the emergency contraceptive / morning after pill is suitable for you. The whole process shouldn't take longer than 10 minutes and doesn't require an appointment.

Active IngredientLevonorgestrelUllipristal Acetate
When should I take it?

The sooner after having sex the emergency contraceptive is taken the better.

Within 3 days (72 hours) of unprotected sexWithin 5 days (120 hours) of unprotected sex

Price  women aged 17 to 31 years*


Price for all other women


The emergency contraceptive / morning after pill is now available  FREE of charge to all women on Emergency Contraception Scheme

For more information please visit:

Emergency Contraception Consultation Form

By completing this form I confirm that the information I have given is correct to the best of my knowledge. I am aware that I will need to attend the pharmacy in person and to speak with the pharmacist before emergency contraception will be supplied. Should our pharmacist need to clarify anything on this form with you they will contact you on the number provided. I am aware that Cunningham’s Pharmacy will retain this questionnaire for a period of two years in line with Data Protection Requirements.


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