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Our service is a convenient and safe way to get your contraception. Complete an online consultation for €25. If you're clinically suitable, either select in-pharmacy collection to purchase your medication that same-day at a participating LloydsPharmacy, or request a paper prescription via post. Select your pill, patch or ring from the drop-down below.

How do the pill, patch and ring work?

If taken correctly, the pill and patch are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and the ring is 98% effective.

How does the pill work?

There are two main types of contraceptive pill the mini-pill and the combined pill. Most of the combined pills (but not all) are taken for 21 days, and are followed by a pill-free week during which you should have a withdrawal bleed or 'period'. Other pills, including the mini-pill, are taken continuously for 28 days at a time.

  • The mini-pill works by stopping ovulation or by thickening the mucus in the cervix which prevents the sperm reaching the egg
  • The combined pill works by preventing ovulation and by making it difficult for sperm to reach an egg, or for an egg to implant in the lining of the womb


How does the patch work?

The patch (Evra Patch) is placed on a clear section of skin, is changed every 7 days and is worn for 21 days in total, after which you have a seven day patch-free period and should experience a withdrawal bleed.

The patch delivers a continuous level of hormones (progesterone and oestrogen) into the bloodstream through the skin. The patch works in the same way as the combined pill by preventing ovulation and by thickening the mucus in the cervix which makes it difficult for the sperm to reach the egg.


How does the ring work?

The ring (Nuvaring) is inserted into the vagina for 21 days, and then removed for a seven day ring free break, during which you should have a withdrawal bleed or "period".

The ring delivers hormones (progesterone and oestrogen) into the body via the vagina. The ring works in the same way as the combined pill by preventing ovulation and by thickening the mucus in the cervix which makes it difficult for the sperm to reach an egg and an egg to implant in the womb.

What are the alternatives to the contraceptive pill?

Some women would rather not have to take a pill everyday and opt for a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARCs) which remove user action - meaning once it is in place you don't have to do anything for a long period of time.

Examples of LARCs include: the intrauterine device (IUD) and the intrauterine system (IUS) which are types of coils and sit in the womb, the Depo-Provera injection and the implant (or bar).

All LARCs are fitted by a healthcare professional. The IUD can last for up to ten years, the IUS for up to five years, the bar three years, and the injection must be repeated every three months.

Delivery & In-Pharmacy Collection

  • Order online and collect your prescription in-pharmacy at participating LloydsPharmacy stores. Same-day collection on orders placed before 3pm. Simply pay for your medication when you collect.
  • Place an order before 3pm Monday to Friday and receive your paper prescription in the post within three to five working days.
  • Prescriptions delivered by post do not require a signature and the envelope will make no reference to its contents or where it's come from.
  • Take your paper prescription to a pharmacy of your choice to purchase your medication.