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Emergency Contraception

What is Emergency Contraception?

If you have had sex without a condom or if your usual contraception has let you down, there are different types of emergency contraception that you can use. Read more NHS Emergency Contraception.

  1. An Intrauterine device (IUD), sometimes called a coil, can also be used as Emergency Contraception up to 5 days after having sex or up to 5 days after the earliest time you could have released an egg (ovulation).
  2. “ellaOne” is a  pill that can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex.
  3. “Levonelle” is a pill that can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.

Emergency contraception can be very effective, but it is not as effective as using other methods of contraception regularly.

Where to get Emergency Contraception (EC)?

You can get EC free from:

  • GPs
  • Sexual Health Clinics
  • Minor Injuries Unit at Wycombe Hospital (but NOT Accident and Emergency (A&E) department)
  • From Community Pharmacies

Where can I get an IUD fitted?

Contact your GP or phone bSHaW Sexual Health Clinic on 0300 303 2880  to arrange a coil fitting.

Having an IUD (also known as a coil) fitted can also prevent pregnancy if it is fitted within five day of having unprotected sex, or up to five days after the earliest time you could have released an egg (ovulation). It works by stopping a fertilised egg from implanting into the uterus. You can then continue to use the IUD as long-term contraception or have it removed during your next period, if you would prefer to use a different form of contraception.

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Need to speak to someone?

If you need further advice, or if this page hasn’t answered your questions then get in contact with your local bSHaW Sexual Health Clinic for a friendly chat.

Call 0300 303 2880 to book an appointment or use our service finder to locate your nearest clinic.

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