The sooner you act after having unprotected sex, the better.
Emergency contraception is a way of preventing pregnancy after you have had sex without using contraception or when contraception has failed. If you take the emergency contraception (pill) or have an intrauterine device (coil) fitted within 5 days it will usually prevent pregnancy. Emergency contraception does not cause an abortion. Emergency contraception does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections.
“Where can I get contraception?” “Which method of contraception suits me?” “I’m under 16 – can I get contraception?” Whatever questions you have about getting and using contraception, this guide can help.
You can get contraception free of charge, even if you’re under 16, from:
- Contraception clinics
- Sexual health or GUM (genitourinary medicine) clinics
- Your GPs and other clinicians at Golborne Medical
- Some young people’s services
Find your nearest sexual health clinic.
Who to book an appointment with at Golborne Medical
Our nurses and doctors can provide pills, rings, patches and injections. You will need to see a Doctor for the initial assessment for a new type of contraception and the nurse once you have completed your first 3 months for checks and to order more medication.