Emergency Contraception

If you have had unprotected sex and you have forgotten your pill, the condom has split or you are not using any contraception you may need emergency contraception. It is really important that you get emergency contraception as soon as possible as it works best to stop pregnancy the sooner it is taken.

There are three types of emergency contraception:

  • The IUD is a copper coil which is a small, flexible contraceptive device fitted into the uterus. It is the most effective emergency contraceptive. IUDs are available from Sexual Health Services or your GP
  • Levonelle pill (morning after pill) can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. You can get this from all the services named below
  • Ella One, a pill taken five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex. Ella one is available from Sexual Health Services or your GP

The health professional you see will be able to advise you on the best option for you.

Free help is available from:

  • GPs who provide contraceptive services
  • Any Sexual Health Clinic
  • Accident and Emergency Departments
  • Minor Injuries units
  • Your local pharmacy
  • Out of Hours service
  • School and college nurses

For information on how to access the sexual health service call 0300 421 6500 or click here for your closest clinic.

Click here for more information on emergency contraception

If you have found you are pregnant and not sure what you want to do you can attend our pregnancy advisory service and discuss your options.