Morning After Pills in Malta: Key Facts

  • The morning after pill, also known as emergency contraception, is used after sex to prevent pregnancy. If you had unprotected sex or a condom burst and you do not want to get pregnant, you should take a morning after pill.

  • The morning after pill is about 75% effective at preventing pregnancy. The sooner after sex the morning after pill is taken, the more likely it is to work.

  • The morning after pill does not prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you think you may have an STI, make an appointment with the GUM clinic at Mater Dei Hospital.

  • There are two main types of morning after pill: 
    EllaOne contains ulipristal acetate and can be taken up to five days after sex. 
    Escapelle and Levonelle contain levonorgestrel and can be taken up to three days after sex.


  • EllaOne may be more effective than the other morning after pills in women who are obese.

  • All morning after pills are available without a doctor's prescription from many pharmacies in Malta and Gozo.

  • A pharmacist may ask you some questions related to your health to determine whether it is safe for you to take a morning after pill.

  • Some pharmacies do not stock the morning after pill. Those that do not should refer you to other pharmacies that stock it. To find pharmacies in Malta and Gozo that stock the morning after pills you can use the Escapelle pharmacy finder or this list on

  • We recommend calling pharmacies to check whether they can sell you the morning after pill before you go, to avoid wasting time.

  • The morning after pills usually cost between EUR 19 and EUR 25.

  • There is no limit to how many times you can use a morning after pill.

  • If you use a morning after pill, your regular contraceptive pill may not work until your next period. Use another contraceptive like a condom during this time.

  • The morning after pills do not cause an abortion. If you have had a positive pregnancy test and do not wish to continue the pregnancy you will need to have an abortion, which is done using different pills.

For more information on the morning after pill in Malta, please see the website of Doctors for Choice (Malta) by clicking here.

Do you want more information about the morning after pills? Are you having difficulty buying the morning after pill in Malta? For help, call us on 2778 2758 or use the chat at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Please note: FPAS aims to provide accurate and reliable information to the best of our volunteers' abilities. However, FPAS advice is not formal medical advice, and should not be considered as such. If you want formal medical advice you should speak to your doctor. We could also refer you to doctors known to us if you wish.

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