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Coronavirus / COVID-19

Our clinics are open by arrangement only. Please book a telephone consultation via email / phone.

If you come to a clinic, please wear a face covering. If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, do not come to a clinic. Follow the national advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception is to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. It is NOT for getting a repeat of your usual contraception.

It is important to get emergency contraception as soon as possible after unprotected sex and ideally within 3 days (72 hours) to maximise effectiveness.

However, options are available until at least 5 days (120 hours) after and occasionally longer depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle.

Where can I get emergency contraception?

The main types of emergency contraception are listed below. Visit Sexwise: Emergency contraception for more information.

Morning after pill

You can get advice and access emergency oral contraception (most commonly known as the morning after pill) from:

  • Contraception or sexual health clinics – like us!
  • Brook centres
  • Some pharmacies  (free of charge if you are under 21 years of age – visit oxme.info for a list of pharmacies that offer this service)
  • for a list of pharmacies in Oxfordshire).
  • Most NHS walk-in centres and minor injuries units
  • Most GP surgeries

Two pills are available. We can advise as to which is the most appropriate pill for you, based on your individual circumstances. Contact us for a same / next day telephone consultation.

Emergency coil

Also known as an emergency copper intra-uterine device (IUD) or emergency copper coil, this is the most effective method of emergency contraception and can also be used as ongoing contraception.

Contact us for a same / next day telephone consultation; you will then be given a clinic appointment if necessary.

Why you might need emergency contraception

  • You had sex without using contraception
  • You used a condom but are worried it split / came off
  • You are using contraceptive pills / patch but are worried you have not been using these properly
  • You are late getting your Depo Provera injection (14 weeks or more since last injection)
  • You have an implant but the recommended renewal date has passed
  • You had a coil but it may have fallen out or you can’t feel the threads