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


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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For more information on emergency contraception please visit the links below:

NHS Contraception Guide

Emergency Contraception