Sales of morning after pill soar 200% as the pubs reopen

SALES of the morning after pill have soared over 200 per cent as pubs reopened in England this week.

Coronavirus restrictions have meant that for months, many people have been unable to socialise.

On Monday pubs and restaurants were given the green light to start serving customers once again outdoors under Prime Minister Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown.

Data analysed by LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor revealed that Brits had been planning on doing a little bit more than just going to the pub once restrictions were lifted.

In April alone searches for the morning after pill increase by 202 per cent when compared to April 2020.

This is despite the fact that there are still lockdown restrictions in place on mixing indoors.

Easter Monday saw the biggest spike in morning after pill searches with a 363 per cent increase.

This was after the first 'rule of six' came into effect.

LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor also reviewed that search term ‘STI Panel’, which is a form of STI test, gained a 1000 per cent increase from April 2020 to March 2021.

Other terms also saw an increase in search indicating a worrying surge in STI cases as we begin to ease out of lockdown on top of the morning after pill increase. 

A spokesperson from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor said: "Despite April 2021 only being the start of the UK coming out of the lockdown, the above data suggests people are not practising safe sex, potentially with the restriction to sexual health services and lack of physical appointments."


The data comes after doctors warned the UK would face a gonorrhoea outbreak when lockdown ends – as people start to mingle again.

Data from Station of the Nation revealed that in February last year, cases of gonorrhea had risen by 249 per cent in the last decade, with cases of syphilis also up 165 per cent.

And during the pandemic, experts say the number of people visiting sexual health clinics dropped by 85 per cent.

Medics worry that once restrictions are lifted, STDs will be able to thrive once more.

Dr John McSorley, president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) said Brits should get tested before lockdown ends in order to avoid spreading STDs.

Speaking to MyLondon, he said there are a lot of similarities between the coronavirus and sexually transmitted infections.

He said. “The notions of social distancing and isolating have been in sexual health for a long time.

“We are on our way back to where we were a year ago. As we open society up again we can expect more gonorrhoea and syphilis.

“People are rebounding back to living a normal life as they can and that includes a safe and entertaining sex life. About 80 to 90% of people have seen their sexual activity reduced in the last year.

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