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Emergency contraception

If you have had unprotected sex, or think that your contraception might have failed, you can use emergency contraception. You may also need to get tested for sexually transmitted infections.

There are two types of emergency contraception:

  • the emergency contraceptive pill;
  • or intrauterine device (IUD).

Emergency contraception can be very effective if it is arranged soon after sex.

Find out more about emergency contraception.

Free emergency contraception is available from:

  • your GP;
  • a sexual health clinic (CASH and family planning clinics);
  • any young person’s service or Common Youth clinic;
  • some GUM clinics;
  • some hospital emergency departments;
  • some pharmacies.

Find out more on how to get emergency contraception in your area at:

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Northern Health and Social Care Trust

Western Health and Social Care Trust

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Southern Health and Social Care Trust


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