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emergency contraception

If you’ve had unprotected sex and don’t want to get pregnant, you can take the Emergency Hormonal Contraceptive (EHC) pill (also known as the morning after pill) up to 120 hours or five days after unprotected sex. 

EHC is more effective the sooner you take it, so act fast.

You can also have a coil inserted into the womb (uterus) which will prevent pregnancies. This can be done up to 5 days after unprotected sex and can be left in to prevent pregnancies. This is done by a doctor:

Only women can get emergency contraception — the best thing for men to do is use a condom correctly every time they have sex. But remember that the pill and coil will NOT protect you from sexually transmitted infections. Only condoms can help do this.

To find out where to get emergency contraception:

Local clinics

Choices Service for under 25's


To find your GP contact details or to find a GP near you visit NHS choices

You can also get the emergency contraceptive pill free from:

Some pharmacies (under 25's) - Please click here for more details of participating pharmacies

Most NHS walk-in centres and minor injuries units

Some Accident & Emergency departments

Need more information

Emergency Contraception Information on NHS choices