Emergency Contraception

Sometimes things go wrong:

  • The condom you are using breaks.
  • You forgot to take your pill.
  • You had sex without any contraception (protection).
  • DON'T PANIC, but act quickly if you want to prevent a pregnancy.

You must not sit there hoping this is something that will go away. It won't !!!  GET EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION ASAP.

FREE Emergency contraception can be used to help prevent an unwanted pregnancy up to five days after sex. Click here to find out where you can get this from.

What is emergency contraception?

There are 3 main types - all for girls.

Two types of 'morning after pill'. 1 you can take up to 3 days after sex (this is called Levonelle) and 1 you can take up to 5 days after sex called ellaOne.

The Coil  or 'Emergency intrauterine device', often called an IUD .

Emergency contraceptive pill (morning after pill)

THE SOONER YOU TAKE IT THE BETTER IT IS LIKELY TO WORK. And don't worry - it's free and totally confidential. Confidential means that no one else will be told about your choice unless you want them to know.

Up to 3 days

Available from your GP, Pharmacy and from the sexual health clinics (no appointment needed). Click here to find out where you can get this from:

  • 1 tablet (called Levonelle).
  • Must be taken as soon as possible after sex.
  • Can be taken up to 72 hours (3 days) after sex.

Up to 5 days

Only available from your GP (when you make your appointment say it's urgent but you won't have to explain what it is), or from one of the sexual health clinics (no appointment necessary). Click here to find out where you can get this from:

  • 1 tablet (called ellaOne)
  • Must be taken as soon as possible after sex
  • Can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after sex

Emergency IUD (or Coil)

Only available from your GP (when you make your appointment say it's urgent but you won't have to explain what it is), or from one of the sexual health clinics (no appointment necessary)

  • A small device fitted in to the womb by a specially trained nurse or doctor.
  • You do not need to be put to sleep for this procedure and it takes about 20 minutes.

IF YOU ARE NOT SURE WHAT TO DO OR WHERE TO GO PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE FOR ADVICE.  Everything is totally confidential  We tell no one and do everything we can to help you.

  • Ring the Sexual Health Clinic at St Mary's Hospital, 01983 534 202.
  • Call Linda (Young Person Sexual Health Outreach Nurse) 07979 850522.
  • Call your GP surgery - say it's urgent.
  • Ask at any pharmacy.

Remember if you have had sexual intercourse you are also at risk of a sexual transmitted infection (STI)  so you need to get yourself checked out. Click here for more info.

ALWAYS USE A CONDOM. Condoms are available across the Island  and they're FREE.

If you want to find out anything else then click here for a list of FAQ's about emergency contraception. (This link will take you to another website).

Where to get help