Emergency Contraception

Two methods available:


You will be asked to take one pill at the family planning clinic/chemist/GP
Can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex
Often referred to as ‘the morning after pill’
More effective the sooner it is taken
May affect timing of next period

IUD (Coil):

Can be fitted up to 5 days following unprotected sex
Can remain in place for continuing contraception
See IUD information


If you are sick within two hours of taking the pill you will need a second dose

Advisable to have a pregnancy test 3 weeks after taking the emergency contraceptive pill if you have not had a normal period.