Emergency Contraception 

If you've had unprotected sex (sex without a condom); the condom burst; you forgot to take your contraceptive pill; or you've been unwell, and your contraception may have been affected, emergency contraception can prevent an unplanned pregnancy - if you act fast.

There are 2 main types of emergency contraception - pills or the contraceptive coil (IUD):

Emergency contraception pill

There are different types of emergency contraception pill available – one type can be taken up to 3 days (72 hours) after unprotected sex; another can be taken up to 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex. However, ALL emergency contraception is most effective when taken as soon as possible.

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

Over-16s can also pay for emergency contraception ‘over the counter’ at most chemists.  

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 axess.

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

A reminder about STIs....

Emergency contraception won't protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  If you've had unprotected sex, you should get tested.  Visit axess for more information on testing.