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.


If you are aged 24 and under some pharmacies across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will provide you with EHC (morning after pill) free of charge.

To find your nearest pharmacy offering this, please visit our pharmacy finder.

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust Providing Sexual Health Services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Service commissioned by Leicester City and Leicestershire and Rutland County Councils.