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Emergency contraception (‘The morning after pill’)

If you have had unprotected sex, or think that your contraception might have failed (e.g. broken condom, missed contraception pill), you can use emergency contraception, sometimes known as the morning after pill. 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), ‘the coil’.

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:


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