How many times can you take the morning after pill?

There is no limit to the number of times you can take emergency hormonal contraception (the ‘morning after pill’) in a lifetime.

However, using emergency contraception pills repeatedly is not recommended as a regular method of contraception, because they are only effective if taken before you have ovulated. Taking them repeatedly can also disrupt your natural menstrual cycle.

It is important to note that if you have taken the emergency contraception pill, it will not protect you from pregnancy if you have sex again during that cycle - in this situation you would have to take another dose of emergency contraception pill or have an IUD (copper coil) fitted.

Emergency contraception pills can be taken more than once during a menstrual cycle. However, if you take two within 7 days, they must be the same type of pill; they will be less effective if you take different types of pill within the same week.

Read more about how the side effects of morning after pill and how it can affect your period.

Helen Burkitt, Senior Sexual Health Nurse at SH:24
Written by Helen Burkitt. Senior Sexual Health and Contraception Nurse

Last updated at: 08 March 2022