UPDATE: You can buy Levonelle, and regular oral contraception, here.
The Daily Mail is claiming that, from today, it will be possible to buy up to three doses of the emergency contraception Levonelle from Lloyds Pharmacy online, enabling women to store it at home to be used when regular contraception fails. An excellent idea, but I can’t seem to find it on their online store just yet – I’ll keep checking and let you know if/when it appears. Of course, it’s pretty damn expensive: a single pill will apparently sell for £28, a pack of two for £52 and three for £75, but for those times when you can’t get to a GP or an FPA clinic for a free dose, it’s an ideal back-up. It would be better, of course, if you could just get a free dose for the store cupboard from your GP (without having to lie and say you’ve just had unprotected sex), but at least this is a start.
I know I’d also like to avoid the condescending lecture I got from the Tesco chemist last time I had to go get emergency contraception, anyone else had that? Not just the facts on how to take it, but all this ‘you do know you shouldn’t use this as regular contraception, right?’, while looking down his nose at me like I was some kind of filthy animal…
It will come as no surprise to hear that The Mail takes exactly the same attitude: apparently us women are all complete idiots who will jump at the chance to use Levonelle as our regular contraception, spreading STIs and general sluttishness across the country at a rate of knots. But at £28 a pop, who wouldn’t?!