The sooner you act after having unprotected sex, the better. Emergency contraception is a way of preventing pregnancy after you have had sex without using contraception or when contraception has failed. If you take the emergency contraception (pill) or have an intrauterine device (coil) fitted within 5 days it will usually prevent pregnancy. Emergency contraception does not cause an abortion. Emergency contraception does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections.
You can get advice and free emergency contraception from a Sandyford Clinic. For advice or to arrange an appointment phone 0141 211 8130.
The following places can also give you advice and free emergency contraception:
- Your GP
- Most pharmacies (chemist shops)
- Some hospital accident and emergency departments
- Most minor injury units
NHS 24 has further details or call on 111.