Contraception is designed to protect you from pregnancy. There are many different methods and it's important to find the right one for you, your sexual activity and lifestyle.

Contraception is designed to protect you from pregnancy. There are many different methods of contraception, both Long-acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) or methods you use daily. It is important to find the right one for you, your sexual activity and lifestyle.


Condoms are the only form of contraception which can also protect you from STIs. Although they are not 100% guaranteed, when used properly they are extremely effective.

If you are under 25 (even if you are under 16) you can get free condoms at your local sexual health clinic – St Mary’s Health Campus.

For more options click here.

Long-acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)

LARC is contraception that does not depend on you remembering to take or use it to be effective and this allows you to ‘fit and forget’.

These include:

  • Injection
  • Implant
  • Coil

To find the best type of contraception for you, click here.

Oral Contraception

The combined oral contraceptive pill, often just called “the pill”, contains artificial versions of female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which are produced naturally in the ovaries.

When taken correctly, the pill is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. Other methods of contraception, such as long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), is better at preventing pregnancy.

The standard way to take the pill is to take one every day for 21 days, then have a break for seven days. During this week you will have a bleed like a period. You then start taking the pill again.

Find out more on the NHS website.

Accessing Oral Contraception

Pharmacy Oral Contraception Service

10 Portsmouth community pharmacies have been part of a pharmacy oral contraception pilot since October 2021. This means the pharmacies can provide a wide range of free oral contraception including repeat supplies, safely at a time that suits the individual.

The success of the pilot has led to nine pharmacies expanding the offer so they can now also provide a first supply of oral contraception for free, without the patient needing to speak with their GP practice.

This service aims to make it easier for residents to manage their contraceptive pill instead of having to wait for a GP or sexual health clinic appointment. All participating pharmacies have private consultation rooms and can give the same expert advice.

When to use this service:

  • If you need a repeat supply of oral contraception, you can get these for free from pharmacies across Portsmouth and surrounding areas.
  • If you need to start or change oral contraception, nine pharmacies across Portsmouth can initiate up to three months of oral contraceptives for free, at a time convenient for you.

If you would like to find a pharmacy offering this service, see the table below.

Please note – This pilot service aims to create additional capacity and is not a replacement for existing services.

Emergency Contraception

If you had unprotected sex or used contraception that may have failed, then you may need emergency contraception and you should access it as soon as possible (it should be taken within 5 days of unprotected sex for it to be effective, but the sooner it’s taken the more effective it will be).

Emergency contraception is available for free from:

  • Sexual health services
  • Pharmacies
  • GP Surgeries

If you are wanting Emergency Contraception, see the table below.

Alternatively, you can visit Let’s Talk About It or call 0300 300 2016.

Please note – emergency contraception should not be used as a regular method of contraception.

Portsmouth pharmacies offering free oral and emergency contraception

Portsmouth pharmacies Repeat supply of oral contraception First Supply of oral contraception Emergency Contraception
Asda Pharmacy, The Bridge Shopping Centre, Somers Road, Portsmouth, PO1 1SL

023 9284 1800

Bobat Pharmacy, 92 Tangier Road, Hampshire, PO3 6HU

023 9266 3945

Boots The Chemist, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3TZ

023 9275 0223

Boots The Chemist, 31-33 Palmerston Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 3QQ

023 9282 1046

Boots The Chemist, 48 High St, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 3AG

023 9237 5118

Boots The Chemist, 194, 204 Commercial Rd, Portsmouth PO1 1HB

023 9282 5245

City Pharmacy, 113 London Rd, North End, Portsmouth PO2 0BN

023 9266 3836

Copnor Pharmacy, 336 Copnor Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5EL

023 9266 2511

Cosham Community Pharmacy, Cosham Park Surgery, Cosham Park Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 3BG

023 9237 8341

Drayton Prime Pharmacy, 274 Havant Rd, Drayton, Portsmouth PO6 1PA

023 9221 0211

Goldchem Pharmacy 147a Albert Road, Southsea PO4 0JW

023 9273 1680

H J Everett, 58-60 High St, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 3AG  

023 9237 5979

Laly’s Pharmacy, 1 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2RY

023 9229 7293

Laly’s Pharmacy, 145-147 Somers Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 4PT

023 9200 2626

Lalys Pharmacy, 162-166 Fawcett Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 0DW

023 9278 1400

Laly’s Pharmacy, 3 – 5 Kingston Road, Hampshire, PO1 5RX

023 9283 1112

Laly’s Pharmacy, 4-6 London Road, North End, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 0LH

023 9266 6625

Laly’s Pharmacy, 67 Milton Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 6AN

023 9281 6993

Laly’s Pharmacy, 8e Fratton Way, Pompey Centre, Fratton, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 8TA

023 9281 5206

Laly’s Pharmacy 52 High Street, Cosham, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO6 3AG

023 9238 3429

Merali Pharmacy, 24 Queen St, Portsea, Portsmouth PO1 3HN

023 9282 1859

Rowlands Pharmacy, Festing Buildings, 1 Highland Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO4 9BZ

023 9273 1389

Rowlands Pharmacy, 92 Kingston Cres, North End, Portsmouth PO2 8AL

023 9266 3017

Rowlands Pharmacy, 187-189 Eastney Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 8EA

023 9273 4999

Rowlands Pharmacy, 30 Osborne Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 3LT

023 9282 3118

WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC, Anchorage Rd, Portsmouth PO3 5UH

023 9266 4176