'No demand for over-the-counter contraceptive pills,' says pharmacist in Stoke-on-Trent

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The contraceptive pill was first introduced in this country 60 years ago, and just two months ago it became available to buy without a prescription.

It is a milestone moment in the way women in the UK can access contraception. It means that you don't need an appointment with your GP to access it.

The over-the-counter progesterone-only pill, or mini-pill, is deemed safe for use by most women.

But a pharmacy in Stoke-on-Trent told ITV Central, that since the introduction of the over-the-counter service, there has not been one single user.

Sexual health doctor Nabanita Ghosh said further steps can be taken to ensure women get the contraception they need, such as making other variations of the pill available over the counter too.

Why is there only one type of contraceptive pill available?

Two brands of pill can be accessed over the counter, Lovima and Hana. Each is progestogen-only, which has been identified as 'safe' for most women to use.

You can not access the combination pill (oestrogen and progestogen) over the counter because of the associated risks.

Is it free?

Contraceptives are free in the UK. But, for the over-the-counter contraceptive pill, you do have to pay.

The fact that you have to pay to access the over-the-counter pill might be alienating some women who just can't afford it.

This could also be a contributing factor as why pharmacists aren't seeing the uptake of the over-the-counter pill that they expected.

How much is it?

If you're looking at a year's supply that is approximately £120 and in some cases, it can be more expensive.

So, it does improve convenience for many women, and makes another site available for access to contraception.