Starting today, you can buy the birth control pill ONLINE for the first time
WOMEN can now buy the contraceptive pill online for the first time.
Superdrug will dispense contraception to those entitled with just a brief consultation.
You don’t need a prescription from your GP, as has been the case for decades.
Instead, they will be consulted with a trained pharmacist to decide if they are suitable.
To do this, you fill out a confidential form online and wait for it to be checked by the doctors, who will then send the pill to the woman’s address.
Only the progesterone-only pill (POP), also known as the “mini pill”, is offered.
Superdrug said it is a good choice for women who cannot take combination contraceptive pills, such as women who have high blood pressure, are over 35 years old and smoke or are overweight.
HPR Pharma’s Hana is available on Superdrug.com and Superdrug Online Doctor at a price of £ 8.95 for one month delivery and £ 19.75 for three months.
It will also soon be sold in the 200 stores as well as other high street pharmacies across the UK such as Boots and Lloyds.
It comes after the UK drug regulator MHRA ruled earlier this month that women should be able to buy the pill over the counter.
POPs with desogestrel will soon be available in pharmacies – Hana and Maxwellia’s product Lovima.
The milestone step will make it easier for women to get birth control, considering that doctor appointments can be tedious and walk-in clinics can be long wait.
Dr. Sara Kayat, Superdrug Health Ambassador, said, “This expansion of contraceptive access is very much welcomed.
“Progesterone-only contraception is both safe and reliable, and over-the-counter contraception enables a more efficient process, improves convenience, and takes the burden off other healthcare providers.
“The proliferation of contraceptives is a significant opportunity to enable more women to take control of their own sexual and reproductive health care.”
What is the mini pill?
The progestin-only pill (POP) prevents pregnancy by thickening the mucus in the cervix to prevent sperm from reaching an egg.
The progestin-only pill desogestrel can also stop ovulation.
It must be taken to work every day. Some must be taken within the same three-hour window each time, while others must be taken within a 12-hour window.
There is no break between packs of tablets, so women do not have withdrawal bleeding (periods).
Women who can take it are:
- those who cannot use estrogen-based contraceptives
- who are overweight
- they smoke
- who are over 35 years old
Michael Henry, Healthcare Director of Superdrug, said, “This landmark decision by the MHRA is a huge step forward in removing some of the barriers that arise when trying to take birth control pills.
“The pandemic has made access to essential contraception even more difficult and so this decision should be celebrated.”
The MHRA move has been described as a “big win” by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG).