Emergency contraception can be used to prevent a pregnancy if your usual contraceptive method fails (for example, if a condom splits or you have problems taking contraceptive pills) or no contraceptive method is used at all.
What is available?
There are a number of options available, the emergency hormonal contraception pills and the emergency intra-uterine device (coil).
Emergency hormonal contraceptive pills:
- Levonelle - can be taken up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex. but is more effective the earlier it is taken
- ella-One - can be taken up 120 hours (5days) after unprotected sex but again is more effective the earlier it is taken.
The emergency intra-uterine device (coil) can be fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex. The coil is fitted by a doctor and can be left in as a continuing method of contraception.
Where can I get it?
Emergency contraception is available free from Brook (if you are under 25 years), most GP practices and Sexual Health Milton Keynes clinic. Women under 25 years of age (including under 16s), can also access emergency hormonal contraception from a range of pharmacies in and around MK. For more information please call Brook on 01908 669215. The service is completely confidential.
For information on general contraception, go to our Contraception page.