Emergency Contraception




Emergency contraception is used if you have had unprotected sex and you do not wish to become pregnant. There are a multiple options available, however they must be taken as soon as possible up to 5 days after having unprotected sex. Emergency contraception should not be used instead of your usual method of contraception.

Emergency contraception can be used if you have:

  • had unprotected sex without using contraception
  • had sex and the contraception has failed

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There are 3 types of emergency contraception available to women:

  • The Morning After Pill (levonelle)
  • Ulipristal acetate pill (ellaOne)
  • The intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD)

You can get emergency contraception from:

  • Most pharmacies
  • Your GP surgery (you will need to make an appointment if you choose this option)
  • Community contraceptive clinics
  • GUM clinics
  • Sexual health clinics
  • Some young people services

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