The morning-after pill at the Adler Pharmacy

In Switzerland, there is the option of over-the-counter emergency contraception after unprotected sexual intercourse. As soon as possible after a contraceptive breakdown, but no later than 120 hours afterwards, taking a hormonal emergency contraceptive after a consultation with the pharmacist can significantly reduce the likelihood of an unwanted pregnancy.
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The morning-after pill is intended for emergency situations, such as condom failure, pill-taking errors or other situations of unsafe contraception. The morning-after pill does not protect against STIs such as HIV infection or bacterial diseases (syphillis or gonorrhoea).

Where can the morning-after pill be obtained?

Adler Pharmacy
Untertor 39 / Bahnhofplatz 2
8400 Winterthur

When can the morning-after pill be obtained?

Without appointment
Monday - Friday: 07.45 - 20.00 hrs.
Saturday: 07.45 - 18.00 hours
Sundays and public holidays: 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

How does the morning-after pill work?

The pharmacist will clarify in a separate consultation room whether it is possible to dispense the morning-after pill or whether you need to be referred to a doctor. During this discreet discussion, all questions will be answered.
Emergency contraception is a tablet that is taken on the spot. You will also be given a booklet where you can read the information.


The price is made up of the product and the pharmacist's consultation fee.
Advice from pharmacist: CHF 10.00
Advice on the morning-after pill

Background knowledge on the morning-after pill

The time of ovulation determines the fertile days in the cycle. Usually ovulation takes place between the 12th and 16th day before the next menstruation, but the cycle can be shortened or lengthened by various factors such as travel, diet, illness or stress. Therefore, the "safe days" are difficult to predict without an aid.
You can take the morning-after pill at any point in your cycle.
For the rest of the cycle and until you have started using another effective contraceptive, an additional contraceptive method, e.g. condoms, must be used. In any case, you will be informed about the necessary contraception for the rest of the cycle by the pharmacist.

Bleeding delayed

The next menstrual period may be delayed and start a few days earlier or later. If menstruation is delayed by more than 5 days or if bleeding is abnormal (less heavy, exceptionally long or painful), we recommend that you consult a doctor as soon as possible.

Effect on fertility

Fertility is not affected by taking the morning-after pill.

Mechanism of action of the morning-after pill

According to current knowledge, the main effect of levonorgestrel & ulipristal acetate is to inhibit or delay ovulation.
  • The earlier the tablet is taken, the more effective it is. We therefore recommend that you visit a pharmacy as soon as possible after inadequately protected sexual intercourse.
  • The active ingredients do not terminate an existing pregnancy.
Mechanism of action of the morning-after pill

Undesirable side effects

The following side effects may occur, especially in the first few days after taking the morning-after pill: Nausea, headache, lower abdominal pain, tiredness, dizziness or vomiting. If you experience vomiting within 3 hours of taking the pill or severe diarrhoea within 12 hours, you should take an additional tablet as soon as possible. Breast tenderness and spotting or bleeding may last until the next menstrual period.
This medicine may impair your ability to react. Take care when driving.
If the treatment was ineffective, i.e. if you become pregnant despite taking the morning-after pill, no harmful effect on the baby is to be expected.
We do not guarantee the completeness of the information provided. This article does not replace an individual consultation with a doctor or pharmacist.
Status: 03/2022

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