Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception

If you have sex without using contraception, or if there is a risk that your contraception may have failed (e.g. split condom, forgotten a pill), then you can use emergency contraception (also known as the morning after pill) to prevent a pregnancy.  

Do you need emergency contraception?

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If you have sex without using contraception, or if there is a risk that your contraception may have failed (e.g. split condom, forgotten a pill), then you can use emergency contraception to prevent a pregnancy.

Emergency contraception can be taken after unprotected sex (condom split, missed pill, didn’t use any contraception to prevent pregnancy).

Emergency contraception is either an emergency pill or a copper coil which has a longer period of opportunity. It is sometimes known as the ‘morning after pill’ but this is a bit confusing because it can be taken up to three to five days after unprotected sex.

A copper coil is more effective – if you think you need an emergency copper coil you can call us on 01273 523388 to see whether are able to fit an emergency coil.

Emergency contraception is available from your GP (doctor) for free. You can make an emergency appointment and you do not need to tell the receptionist what you need.

You can also access it for free from some pharmacies, click here for a list of pharmacies providing free emergency contraception for under 25s.

During the Covid19 emergency over 25s who can not afford or who are unable to access an NHS prescription can also get free emergency contraception from these pharmacies.

What is emergency contraception?

Emergency contraception is either an emergency pill or a copper coil which has a longer period of opportunity. It is sometimes known as the ‘morning after pill’ but this is a bit confusing because it can be taken up to three to five days after unprotected sex.