Had unprotected sex?

Had unprotected sex?

Or has your regular method of contraception failed? Asking for emergency contraception is a responsible choice.

What are the options?

Emergency Contraceptive Pills

There are 2 types of emergency contraceptive pills. One can be taken 3 days(72 hours) and the other up to 5 days (120hrs) after unprotected sex. It is more effective the sooner it is taken.

Visit one of our clinics to find out about your options.

You can get the emergency contraceptive pill for FREE, even if you are under 16, but not all places will fit the IUD.

  • Contraception and Sexual Health Clinics, including FRESH clinics.
  • Brook
  • Your GP (Your Doctor)
  • NHS Walk-In Centres/minor injuries unit
  • Some A&E depatments (phone first to check)
  • If it is evening or weekend or you are not in your local area then look on NHS Choices for your nearest provider.
  • Most pharmacies run a scheme where you can get the emergency contraceptive pill free – call first to check

If you are 16 or over you can also buy the emergency contraceptive pill from most pharmacies but it can cost around £25-£35.



An IUD can be fitted as a method of emergency contraception within 5 days after unprotected sex, or up to 5 days after ovulation (The earliest time you could have released an egg)

An IUD is the most effective method of emergency contraception at 99% effective but needs to be fitted within 5 days.


Click play to watch the Sexwise video below of Elephants talk Emergency Contraception

If you have had unprotected sex, you may be at risk of an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections)

For more information visit:


If you feel you have put yourself at risk of HIV click on the link below for more information.


If you have been exposed to HIV you may be eligible for PEP which is an anti-HIV medication. PEP works best if it is started as soon as possible but must be started within 72 hours of exposure. For more information on PEP visit the links below.