Emergency Contraception

If you haven’t used any protection, the condom burst or you forgot to take your pill emergency contraception can prevent an unplanned pregnancy if you act fast. There are 2 main types - pills or coil:

Emergency contraception pill

There are now different types of emergency contraception pill available – one type can be taken up to 3 days (72 hours) after unprotected sex. There is another type that can be taken up to 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex. But emergency contraception is most effective when taken as soon as possible. The longer you leave it the less effective it becomes - but it is still better to take it than doing nothing.

Get advice from one of the services below as soon as possible. Whatever your age, including under 16, you can get emergency contraception free

Over 16s can also pay for emergency contraception ‘over the counter’ at most chemists.  It costs approximately £25.

IUD - Coil

You can choose to have an IUD (coil) fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex. This is a small device inserted into the womb through the vagina. This is 99.91% (almost 100%!) effective at preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex.

You can have an IUD fitted at Abacus.

Most GPs do not fit IUDs, but there are a few in the city that do – so you might want to check with your GP.

A reminder about STIs....
Emergency contraception won't protect you from STIs so you might want to get tested if you've had unprotected sex. Visit the STI page for more info.