Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception

If you've had sex without using contraception or think your contraception might have failed

What is 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 to prevent a pregnancy. Emergency contraception is either a pill or a copper intrauterine device (IUD, also known as a copper coil). The pill 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.

How do I get emergency contraception in Brighton and Hove?

A copper IUD is considered to be the best option for emergency contraception as it can be more effective – if you think you need an emergency copper IUD you can call us on 01273 523 388 to discuss this. IUD fitting is also available from some GP practices in Brighton and Hove. Please call as soon as you are able to as time can be a limiting factor for having an emergency copper IUD fitted. 

Phone line opening times:

Monday 9.15am to 4.30pm
Tuesday 9.15am to 4.30pm
Wednesday 12.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 9.15am to 4.30pm
Friday 9.15am to 4.30pm

*Phone lines are closed on Bank Holidays

Emergency contraception pills are 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.

Free Emergency Contraception for under 25s

Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC, sometimes known as the ‘morning after pill’) for under 25s is free from certain pharmacies in Brighton and Hove. Find your nearest pharmacy using our map of pharmacies offering free EHC to under 25s. We recommend that you call the pharmacy before visiting, to check there is a pharmacist available.