Emergency Contraception

Two methods available:


  • You will be asked to take one pill at the family planning clinic/chemist/GP
  • Can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex
  • Often referred to as ‘the morning after pill’
  • More effective the sooner it is taken
  • May affect timing of next period

IUD (Coil):

  • Can be fitted up to 5 days following unprotected sex
  • Can remain in place for continuing contraception
  • See IUD information


If you are sick within two hours of taking the pill you will need a second dose

Advisable to have a pregnancy test 3 weeks after taking the emergency contraceptive pill if you have not had a normal period.