Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception can be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if the contraception you have used has failed (e.g. a missed pill or a split condom).

Types of emergency contraception

There are two types of emergency contraception;

  1. Emergency contraceptive pill, sometimes known as the “morning after” pill. The two types available are Levonelle and ellaOne
  2. Intrauterine device (IUD), commonly known as the “coil”

To be effective, Levonelle needs to be taken within 3 days of unprotected sex and ellaOne needs to be taken within 5 days of unprotected sex. However, the sooner you take it, the more effective it’ll be.

The IUD can be fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex or up to 5 days after the earliest time you could have ovulated.  It can then be used as ongoing contraception.

Where can you get emergency contraception?

Levonelle and ellaOne are available free of charge from:

The IUD is also available free of charge from;

Levonelle and ellaOne are also available to buy at pharmacies, if you are aged 16 or over. 

Pharmacies that offer free emergency contraception under 25 year olds in Kingston

Read more about NHS information about emergency contraception.

Information about emergency contraception specifically for 13-19 year old.   If you are aged under 16 and think you need emergency contraception, please contact one of Kingston’s confidential sexual health services or your GP without delay.

Last Modified: 04/03/2024 16:22:57