Emergency Contraception

If you’ve had unprotected sex or think your contraception might have failed, you can use emergency contraception. The most effective method of emergency contraception is to have an IUD fitted. This can then be left fitted if you still need long term contraceptive cover. Emergency contraception pills can be very effective, but are not as effective as the IUD, or using other methods of contraception regularly and correctly.

There are different types of emergency contraception:

  • emergency intrauterine device (IUD or emergency coil) – this is the most effective
  • emergency contraceptive pill – the sooner after sex you use this the more effective it will be. There are two types in the UK:
    • Ulipristal acetate (UPA) – ellaOne is currently the only brand available in the UK
    • Levonorgestrel – different brands are available

Emergency contraception does not cause an abortion or protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 

For further information visit https://www.sexwise.org.uk/contraception/emergency-contraception

Click here to download the patient leaflet


You can calculate your risk of falling pregnant by following this link to the SXT website and click on the link to emergency contraception https://sxt.org.uk/

Where can I find emergency contraception in Sefton?

Emergency contraception is free and available from some all Sefton Sexual Health Clinics, community pharmacies, Walk-In Centres and hospital A&E Departments, link to clinic times and locations

List of community pharmacies here

COVID – 19 April 2020. Please note that during this period, some pharmacies may have changed their opening times and some may be shut. Please phone ahead to check.

However, if not listed you may be expected to pay.

Community Pharmacy Opening Times Christmas day (25th December) 2020