Emergency Contraception

If you have had sex and not used any type of contraception or you think your contraceptive failed (for example you might have missed taking a pill or the condom split) you can use Emergency Contraception (EC). There are 2 types of EC and both are free.

Emergency Contraception Pill:

The emergency contraception pill can be taken up to 72 hours (3 days after you have had sex). It works better if you take it within 24 hours after having sex, so it is important to take it as soon as possible. There is also Ella One which is a pill that can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days after you have had sex).


An emergency IUD (or coil) can be fitted up to 120 hours (5 days after you have had sex). This has to be fitted by a trained doctor or nurse and you can get this type free. Once it has been fitted you can use it as a type of contraception for 5 to 10 years (depending on which type of IUD is used). But remember, you will still need to use condoms to protect you from STI’s.

You can continue to use your usual method of contraception after taking emergency contraception and you should also use condoms for the next 7 days to avoid any risk of pregnancy.

To find the nearest place to get emergency contraception use our services page.


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