Could you still have emergency contraception?
If you’ve had unprotected sex within the last five days you may need emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy. The sooner you take emergency contraception, the more options you have:
- Emergency contraception (“morning-after”) pill – there are two types:
- Levonelle can be taken up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex
- EllaOne can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex
- IUD (coil) can be inserted:
- Up to day 19 of a 28 day cycle
- Up to 5 days after unprotected sex
You can get emergency contraception for free from NUPAS, your GP, a contraception and sexual health clinic, specialist clinics like Brook, NHS walk-in centres and most pharmacies. If you are over 16 you may have to pay at some pharmacies.
Could you be pregnant?
Yes, but find out for sure….. Don’t ignore it and hope it will go away. Do a pregnancy test.
You can get a free pregnancy test at:
- Contraception and Sexual Health (CASH) clinics
- Young people’s clinics like Brook
- Genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinics
- Your GP or nurse
- School nurse
- Some pharmacies
- Your local NUPAS clinic
You can also buy a home pregnancy testing kit from most supermarkets and pharmacies. If you do it yourself, follow the instructions closely so you get an accurate result.
Remember……The quicker you find out the result, the more options you will have to decide what you want to do.