emergency contraceptive pills

  • This can be used if you had sex without contraception or if you think your contraception may not have worked. It delays or stops ovulation and prevents fertilisation.
  • You must take it within 72 hours of unprotected sex.
  • The earlier you take it within the 72 hours, the more effective it will be.
  • Emergency contraceptive pills do not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections.
  • Emergency contraception (sometimes called the morning after pill) is for emergencies only and is not a substitute for contraception. It is prescribed by a GP or Family Planning Clinic.