Is Norgeston available over the counter?

Can you get Norgeston without a prescription?


What is Norgeston?

Norgeston is a type of birth control pill known as the ‘mini-pill’ or progesterone-only pill. As the name suggests, Norgeston contains only progesterone, not oestrogen, which is found in most contraceptive pills. This means that it is suitable for omen who cannot take oestrogen-containing pills or for women who experience oestrogen-related side effects such as mood swings and acne

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Can you buy Norgeston over the counter in the UK?

Norgeston is not available over the counter in the UK. In the UK, all contraceptive pills must be obtained with a prescription, this is because contraceptive pills, like all medications, do carry some risk. It is important that you have been assessed by a doctor before you start taking the pill, to ensure that it is as safe as possible. 


Alternative treatments

There is a wide range of birth control options available in the UK. Condoms are available over the counter and are the only form of contraception that also protects against STIs (sexually transmitted infections). There are a number of other hormone-based forms of birth control available on prescription including:

  • The IUS (Mirena coil)
  • The implant
  • Contraceptive injections (Depo-provera)
  • Contraceptive patches (Evra)
  • Vaginal rings (NuvaRing)

Non-contraceptive options include the diaphragm and IUD (copper coil). 
You should speak to your doctor or a sexual health nurse about your different birth control options, so you can find the one that works best for you. 

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