Emergency contraception is used to try to stop pregnancy when you have had unprotected sex (no contraception used) or a contraceptive failure (burst condom, missed pills). It is sometimes known as the “morning after pill”. Emergency contraception is provided by all of our clinics, and is free.
Your doctor or nurse can advise you on which is the best type of emergency contraception for you.
You may be offered a copper intrauterine device (IUD, also known as a copper coil) or a tablet, depending on your situation and your preferences.
It is best to get emergency contraception as soon as possible, so you may prefer to get emergency contraception from:
- Your GP
- An NHS walk-in centre
- A pharmacy – some offer this free if you are under 25
- You can find out your nearest pharmacies that provide emergency contraception by:
- Texting ‘Pharmacy emergency contraception [and your post code]’ to 80011
- You will get a text response with the 3 nearest pharmacies with their names, addresses, telephone numbers and distance from the post code you’ve entered.
- Standard text message rates from your provider may apply when using this service.
- Watch this video about emergency contraception ( Video transcript available here.)
Click here for more information on emergency contraception.
If you are having an emergency IUD fitted it is important that you complete a brief self-assessment to make sure that you are adequately prepared for the procedure. This form is found at the bottom of this page. Please print off this form and bring it with you to your appointment.