Emergency contraception

If you’ve had unprotected sex, problems with a condom coming off or splitting, or been sick whilst using the contraceptive pill try not to panic! Read on for information about getting emergency contraception.

What is emergency contraception?

Emergency contraception – sometimes called ‘the morning after pill’ - can prevent pregnancy in most cases if taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. The sooner it’s taken the more effective it’s likely to be so try not to delay!

Where can I get it from?

Emergency contraception is available free of charge to young people from a range of local services, including pharmacies involved in local emergency contraception schemes. If you are over 16 you can, if you choose, also buy it from chemists.

“I think I’ve left it too late...”

Don’t despair. If you didn’t manage to get emergency contraception within 72 hours of having unprotected sex you should still seek help. Click here to find a contraceptive service convenient to you. They may be able to fit an IUD as an emergency contraceptive method up to 5 days after unprotected sex.

Find a young person-friendly service near to you that can advise you and provides FREE emergency contraception