I need emergency contraception
You can use emergency contraception if:
- You have had sex and didn’t use contraception
- If the condom split or came off during sex
- If you have forgotten to take your pill
If you act quickly emergency contraception will usually prevent a pregnancy.
There are two methods of emergency contraception:
- A special pill known as emergency hormonal contraception that works within 3 days after sex (but it works better the sooner you take it)
- The emergency IUD (also known as the coil), which can be used up to 5 days after sex and is the most effective.
Where can I get emergency contraception from?
If you are under 25 you can get free emergency contraception pills from the following places:
- Young people’s sexual health clinic
- Your own doctor or a 4YP doctor
- NHS Walk-In Centres (under Type, search ‘Walk-in Centre’ in the directory below)
- 4YP Pharmacies
You can get the emergency IUD (coil) from most young people’s sexual health clinics but you should ring first to check that a doctor or nurse trained to fit one is available.
Too late for emergency contraception?
Remember, it is worth spreaking to a doctor or nurse at any of the sexual health services about emergency contraception, however long it has been after unprotected sex