Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception

UK icon
UK Registered Pharmacy
head shoulders icon
Friendly Patient Support
padlocks icon
100% Confidential Service Guarantee
Emergency Contraception

An emergency contraceptive pill, or morning-after pill, can be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. There are two different kinds of pill available; one can be taken up to 72 hours (three days) after unprotected sex and the other within 120 hours (five days). The sooner you take either, the more effective it will be against unplanned pregnancy.

Both pills work by delaying ovulation or preventing the release of the egg, or by irritating the lining of the uterus to ensure any fertilised eggs will not be able to implant.