Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception

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

Do you need emergency contraception?

Follow this link and assess your risk

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 an emergency pill or a copper intrauterine device (IUD, 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.

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. 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 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.

There are also some pharmacies that offer free emergency contraception for under 25 year olds. Map of pharmacies offering free EHC to under 25s.