The following medicines are licensed, safe and effective emergency contraception treatments available in the UK.
Emergency contraception, or post-coital contraception, refers to methods of contraception that can be used to prevent pregnancy in the first few days after intercourse. Emergency contraception stops you from becoming pregnant after you've had unprotected sex.
It is intended for emergency use following unprotected intercourse, contraceptive failure or misuse (such as forgotten pills or torn condoms).
Morning after pills are effective only in the first few days following intercourse before the ovum is released from the ovary and before the sperm fertilises the ovum. Emergency contraceptive pills cannot interrupt an established pregnancy or harm a developing embryo.
We offer two types of emergency contraception, both of which need to be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex and are effective 3 to 5 days after having unprotected sex.
Please note that the morning after pill is not a method for abortion and will not terminate a pregnancy.
You may want to purchase the Morning After Pill if:
Available treatments for Emergency Contraception:
You may need to consider contraceptive measures such as condoms, diaphragms or contraceptive pills for long term contraception.
Use of emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases so you should still use condoms.
You may be able to get the emergency contraceptive pill in advance of having unprotected sex if: