Unplanned Pregnancy Help

Women Looking at Results of Pregnancy Test

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

You can get emergency contraception for free from NUPAS, your GP, 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?

If you have missed or have a late period, please take 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 your pregnancy test is positive and your pregnancy is unplanned, it can be a very scary and confusing time, try and talk about this with your partner. If this is not possible try and get support for a parent, relative, or an adult you trust. If you do not have someone to talk to you can call us on 0333 004 6666 or visit you GP, nurse, local sexual health and contraception service or a specialist service like Brook.

It is important to discuss all your options and to have an understanding of what each option will mean to you. Only you can decide what to do and you must not feel forced into any decision…Whatever the decision it must be the right decision for YOU and your circumstances.

The choices you have are: