I’ve had unprotected sex – what should I do?


Unprotected sex means sex without a condom.  If you've had unprotected sex - for whatever reason - you or your partner may be at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or unplanned pregnancy.  It is important for you to seek help as quickly as possible.  The services below offer confidential, non-judgemental information and support about the potential risks.



If you've had unprotected sex it's really important to get advice about emergency contraception (sometimes known as the morning after pill) to help prevent an unplanned pregnancy. Emergency contraceptive pills can be taken up to 72 hours after sex, but the sooner the better.

Emergency contraception is available FREE from GPs, , Axess Sexual Health clinic (GUM), Student Health and a few local pharmacists. Most other pharmacists sell it for approximately £25.

You can also have an IUD (coil) fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex. They are (almost) 100% effective. See Emergency Contraception for more information.





If you’ve had unprotected sex with a new partner, or with an existing partner who may have had unprotected sex with another partner It’s important to get tested for STIs.  Some STIs don't show any symptoms, so you can’t always tell if someone has an infection.

Go to STIs to find out where you can go for a check-up.   If you get tested early, it’s usually possible to treat an STI before complications develop.


If you have been raped, it is important to remember that it wasn’t your fault. Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it; where it happened; or how.  Don’t be afraid to get help.

SAFE Place Merseyside is the sexual assault centre for Liverpool and it is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They offer a confidential service for males and females who have been sexually assaulted - either recently, or at any time in the past.

You don’t have to report the rape to the police if you don’t want to - you may need time to think about what has happened to you. But if you want the crime to be investigated, the sooner a forensic medical examination takes place, the better.  And if you can, try not to wash or change your clothes immediately after a sexual assault.  This may destroy evidence that could be important if you decide to report the assault to the police.

For Information about rape or sexual assault visit SAFE Place Merseyside