Emergency contraception

If you need emergency contraception call: 0300 0085522

To make an appointment at a clinic near you. Please see our clinic pages to find your nearest clinic.

When would I need to use emergency contraception?

You can use emergency contraception if:

  • you have had unprotected sex, that is sex without using contraception; or
  • think your contraception might have failed.

Where can I get emergency contraception?

Free and confidential emergency contraception can be obtained from:

  • Contraceptive and sexual health services in your area.
  • MIUs and A&E departments are able to offer emergency contraception during bank holidays.
  • Pharmacists offer emergency contraception free for all 16 – 24 year olds regardless of prescriptions.
  • Link to local pharmacies within Hertfordshire http://www.mogolistings.org  Click on Advice & Information to obtain relevant information.

What is emergency contraception?

If you have had sex without contraception or your regular method of contraception has failed, there are two methods of emergency contraception that can prevent pregnancy:

• The emergency contraceptive pill: There are two types of pill that must be taken within three to five days of sex.

• The IUD (intrauterine device, or coil):  The IUD can be inserted into your uterus up to five days after unprotected sex and must be fitted by a specially trained nurse or doctor. Contact Sexual Health Hertfordshire for more information.

Where can I get more information?

The Family Planning Association provides a range of helpful information.