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Emergency Contraception

The sooner you act after having unprotected sex, the better. The emergency contraceptive pill is available free of charge without a prescription. You can get it from most pharmacies and also from your GP or Sandyford.

If you've had sex without contraception, or the contraception  has failed, emergency contraception reduces the chances of getting pregnant. There are 2 types:

  • the emergency contraception pill
  • the intrauterine device (copper IUD/coil).

The emergency contraception pill can be taken up to 5 days after sex. The sooner after sex and the earlier in your cycle it is taken the more effective it is. The emergency contraception pill is available from most pharmacies, GPs as well as Sandyford. 

The IUD is the most effective emergency contraceptive. It is over 99% effective and you can choose to keep it or have it removed after your next period. It must be fitted by a healthcare professional within five days of having unprotected sex, or, if it's possible to estimate when you ovulate, up to five days after you ovulate.

Emergency contraception does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections. You can get advice, free emergency contraception and testing for sexually transmitted infections from Sandyford. For advice or to arrange an appointment phone 0141 211 8130. The line is open Mondays to Fridays from 8.45 am - 4.15pm, except public holidays.

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What is emergency contraception?

Find out more about Emergency Contraception on the NHS Inform website.

Find your nearest pharmacy

You can use the NHS Inform service directory to find your nearest pharmacy.

If you're unable to come to Sandyford

You can also get advice and free emergency contraception from other places if coming to Sandyford isn't possible:

  • Your GP
  • Most pharmacies (chemist shops)
  • Some hospital accident and emergency departments
  • Most minor injury units

NHS Inform has further details or call on 111.

What to expect at Sandyford

All the information you need about your visit to Sandyford. Before, during and after the appointment.