Pharmacy Contraception Service

The NHS England Pharmacy Contraception Service is here to make your life easier. Whether you need a repeat supply of oral contraception or you're trying it out for the first time, you can get access to it without the hassle of visiting your GP!

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How does the service work?

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Book your appointment

Select the service at your local pharmacy, at a time and date that suits you.

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Attend the appointment

Your consultation can last up to 30 minutes. Your pharmacist will have a private chat with you to make sure the service is right for you.

You'll be asked to confirm your blood pressure, weight, and height. If you're not sure, your pharmacist can measure them.

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Supply of medication

If you are eligible for the service, the pharmacist can supply you with up to 3 months of oral contraception if it is new to you, or up to 12 months if it is a repeat supply*. 

*In some cases the pharmacist may reduce this period and will explain the reason for this decision.

We know that finding the right contraception can be a sensitive and important matter, which is why your pharmacy offers free, easier access to a greater choice to contraception services, providing ongoing monitoring and repeat prescriptions.

The PCS is a fantastic solution for women who want a more convenient, stress-free way to access and manage their contraception. It's just one of the many ways the NHS is here to support your health and well-being.

Remember, there's no need to worry or feel overwhelmed - there are always options and solutions out there to help you take control of your health. Keep exploring and don't hesitate to reach out for help when you need it!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for a pharmacy contraception service?

You may be eligible for this free service if you are looking to start or restart taking an oral contraception, or obtain a further supply of your current oral contraception,


  • For a Combined Oral Contractive pill (COC) - you are aged 49 years or under.
  • If taking a Progesterone Only Pill (POP) - you are aged 54 years or under.   

Please note that eligibility is subject to consultation with the pharmacist.

How much does the service cost?

Nothing - As this is an NHS service it is FREE to eligible patients.

Can I use this service to start taking oral contraceptives?

Yes – your first supply and repeat supplies thereafter can be made following an appointment with the pharmacist.

I have an implant as my current contraception, can I get repeats through this service?

No – you can only obtain oral contraception via this service. For all other forms of contraception, you will need to see your GP, sexual health clinic or equivalent.