Emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) is a type of contraception that can be taken after you have had unprotected sex and are worried that you might get pregnant. It is also sometimes called the ‘morning after pill’. The EHC can be taken up to 72 hours after you have had unprotected sex but the earlier you take it, the better it works. If you choose to have a coil fitted, you can have this done up to 5 days after having unprotected sex.

You can get emergency contraception from lots of places, including:

  • Your doctor or another GP surgery
  • Most pharmacies (chemists)
    • Young women aged under 21 can get EHC free of charge from some Oxfordshire chemists. See http://oxme.info/cms/health/emergency-contraception for a list of pharmacies. You can also buy emergency contraception over the counter from a chemist if you are over 16.
  • Some school nurses
  • Any sexual health clinic

Because it is important to take EHC as soon as possible after sex, you should request an emergency appointment or explain that you need EHC.