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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.

  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 Hormonal Contraception (EHC)?

Community Pharmacies provide Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) in Buckinghamshire  – free for all women aged 13+

a list of Buckinghamshire Community Pharmacies can be found below, click on the pharmacy for more information and opening times.

Aylesbury – Lansdales Pharmacy, Whitehill Lane, Oxford Road
Aylesbury – Morrisons Pharmacy, Station Way
Buckingham – Jardines Pharmacy, Bullring, Market Hill
Buckingham – Jardines Pharmacy, 10-12 Meadow Walk
Chalfont St Giles – Sparks Pharmacy, Commerce House, High Street
High Wycombe – Centra Pharmacy, 20 Queens Square
High Wycombe – Lansdales Pharmacy, 17 Desborough Road
High Wycombe – Priory Pharmacy and Clinic, 2 Priory Road
High Wycombe – Ryemead Pharmacy, Gateway House, Wycombe Retail Park
Holmer Green – Lansdales Pharmacy, Fox Turners Place
Ivinghoe – Windmill Pharmacy, 19-21 High Street
Penn – Lansdales Pharmacy, Penn Surgery, Elm Road
Stoke Poges – Hedgegrail Pharmacy, Unit 2 Giles House, Bells Hill Green
Wing – Jardines Pharmacy, 18 High Street

Please note for Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) you MUST call the pharmacy prior to attending to confirm the appropriate pharmacist is on duty.

You can also get EHC free from:

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

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