Morning after pill 'no substitute for condoms'

An Irish student body has welcomed the news that the morning after pill is now available over-the-counter in Boots stores but warns that people that it is still necessary to use condoms.

Writing for the University Times, welfare officer for the Union of Students in Ireland Rebecca Murphy urged individuals not to become lax about safe sex.

She described how the move to make access to emergency contraception without the need for a prescription is a positive step for the country.

However, Ms Murphy stated: "While access to … the morning after pill is essential … [it] should not be used as a regular form of contraception."

People were advised that it does not protect against sexually transmitted infections and is a more expensive way of avoiding pregnancy than traditional methods.

Boots announced the new policy earlier this month and the initiative was introduced across the country's stores on January 12th.