Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception

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An emergency contraceptive pill, or morning-after pill, can be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. There are two different kinds of pill available; one can be taken up to 72 hours (three days) after unprotected sex and the other within 120 hours (five days). The sooner you take either, the more effective it will be against unplanned pregnancy.

Both pills work by delaying ovulation or preventing the release of the egg, or by irritating the lining of the uterus to ensure any fertilised eggs will not be able to implant.

Below are some common types of emergency contraception. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list and other non-medical methods or lifestyle changes may be more suitable. If you would like to learn more about these options, then please click here. Before receiving medication you must answer a number of questions to asses your suitability. All questions are reviewed by a GMC registered doctor before a final decision is made. All medication is dispensed via a full regulated and registered UK pharmacy.