Emergency contraception is a type of contraception that can be used after unprotected sex, to protect you from getting pregnant.
There are two methods of emergency contraception:
- A type of pill – sometimes called ‘the morning after pill’: this name is a bit misleading as you can actually take some types up to five days after unprotected sex. However, it is always best to try and take emergency contraception as soon as you can after unprotected sex
- An intrauterine device (IUD): the IUD is designed to stop an egg from implanting in your uterus (womb) and can be fitted by a specially trained doctor or nurse within five days of unprotected sex
Remember that if you have unprotected sex, this may put you at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
How do I get emergency contraception?
You can get emergency contraception from:
- Most pharmacies
- Your doctor
- Clinic in a Box
- The Riverside Clinic
You do not usually need an appointment to get emergency contraception from a pharmacist or from The Riverside Clinic, you can just walk in.
To find out where you can get hold of emergency contraception use our Find a Service tool.
What is Clinic in a Box?
Clinic in a Box is a contraception and sexual health clinic for young people that happens in local schools and other young people’s services. Like all other services it’s confidential. Go to our Find a Service page.