Getting hold of emergency contraception
If you’ve had sex without contraception, or think your method might’ve failed, you can use emergency contraception. You can use emergency contraception up to 5 days after unprotected sex but try and get it as soon as possible.
Emergency contraception can be used after unprotected sex (especially not using a condom) and may be able to limit the effect of any STIs on long-term health and also reduce the chance of a pregnancy occurring following the encounter.
How does it work?
Types of emergency contraception
There are two types of emergency contraception:
- The emergency contraceptive pill (the morning after pill)
- The intrauterine device (IUD)
Where you can get emergency contraception
The IUD must be fitted by a specially trained doctor or nurse. You can get the IUD and the emergency contraceptive pill from a range of services, including Brook, sexual health clinics and your GP.
Here are links to services near you: