Emergency contraception clinics
If you’ve had unprotected sex (if you've had sex without contraception), or you think your contraception might have failed (like the condom has split or you missed pills), you can use emergency contraception to reduce the risk of pregnancy.
Emergency contraceptive pills need to be taken as soon as possible after sex.
It's free to women of all ages.
Before you leave
- If you're going to a pharmacy, please call before you leave to check their opening hours and the availability of a pharmacist.
- If you're coming to one of our clinics, please call first to book your appointment.
Types of emergency contraception
- emergency intrauterine devices (the most effective type)
- emergency contraceptive pills (needs to be taken as soon as possible after sex)
The IUD is the most effective method of emergency contraception:
- it can be fitted within five days of unprotected sex,
- or longer depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle (but speak to your doctor or nurse first)
- an IUD does not cause an abortion
- it can be used as ongoing contraception for five to 10 years.
Emergency contraceptive pill
Emergency contraceptive pills need to be taken as soon as possible after sex:
- Levonelle needs to be taken within three days
- EllaOne can be taken within five days