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 from:

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.