How SHL.UK's contraception service works

SHL.UK offers regular and emergency contraception to people over the age of 16 who live in Lambeth, Southwark, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster, Lewisham, Ealing, Harrow, Hackney, City of London, Brent, Kingston, Barnet, Islington, Camden, and Bexley (if you live in Bexley you can use the contraception services, however, please note this is currently a pilot).

It’s for people who want to start using contraception or continue their current method.

How does it work

Step 1: Register or Login in to SHL.UK.

Choose the type of contraception you need. If you need both emergency contraception and regular contraception, choose emergency contraception first.

Step 2: Explore your options

First, you’ll be asked a few questions about your health and personal circumstances.

If you choose regular contraception, you’ll be given a choice of contraceptives to order online. You’ll usually have the choice of selecting from 3, 6 or 12 months supply. You can also choose to have a pregnancy test and condoms supplied with emergency contraception.

Step 3: Ordering contraception through SHL.UK

If you choose to order online, you’ll be seamlessly transferred to LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor where you’ll complete a full consultation which will be reviewed by a clinician to assess what you might need and whether it’s medically suitable for you. If a blood pressure measurement is needed, you may have to come to pharmacy to get it checked.

Step 4: Choose between delivery or collection

If you’re prescribed contraception, you can either pick it up from a Lloyds Pharmacy, or have it delivered by post, or sent to a Parcelshop. Delivery to your address or a Parcelshop usually takes 3-5 days to arrive. It's best to collect emergency contraception from pharmacy but if you can't, you can choose to have it posted by next-day delivery. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you’ll need to collect your prescription from a pharmacy.

Step 5: Your prescription

Once a clinician has reviewed your consultation, you’ll receive a message in your Patient Record to confirm that contraception has been prescribed or to request more information. If you’ve opted for pharmacy collection you can attend as soon as 1 hour after your treatment is prescribed. Please don’t attend pharmacy unless you’ve had a message confirming your treatment is prescribed.

What types of contraception are available?

SHL.UK offers a range of contraceptives, including different brands.

Emergency pills (morning after pill)

EllaOne, Levongestrel

Combined Pills

Rigevidon, Brevinor, Cilique, Katya, Logynon, Marvelon, Microgynon 30, Microgynon 30 ED, Yasmin, Gedarel 20, Gedarel 30, Eloine, Mercilon, Millinette 20/75, Millinette 30/75

Progestogen-only pills (POP or the mini pill)

Other types

Evra patch (contraceptive patch)

NuvaRing (vaginal ring contraceptive)

The pill I use isn't listed, are any of the ones you offer similar?

Take a look at our Contraceptives ingredients page – it lists each contraceptive and its active ingredients, and their dosage.

What if I have a question about my contraception order?

Please check our Treatment FAQs for advice about your contraception order.