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Emergency Contraception

Find out more about emergency contraception, when it can be used and where it is available.

Find out more about emergency contraception, when it can be used and where it is available.

Emergency contraception is used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if other contraceptive methods have failed. This might be the condom splitting or forgetting to take a pill.

There are two main types of emergency contraception, the emergency contraceptive pill and an intrauterine device, otherwise known as an IUD or coil.

Emergency contraception is available at all Community Pharmacies in Merthyr Tydfil, Troedyrhiw, Aberfan and Treharris.

Things to remember about emergency contraception

  • You need to take the emergency contraceptive pill within 3 days (Levonelle) or 5 days (ellaOne) of unprotected sex for it to be effective – 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, for it to be effective.
  • The IUD is more effective than the contraceptive pill at preventing pregnancy – less than 1% of women who use the IUD get pregnant.
  • If you use the IUD as emergency contraception, it can be left in and used as your regular contraceptive method.

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NHS Wales: Find a Pharmacy

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111

  • Use the search tool to find your nearest pharmacist for quick and free advice.

Integrated Sexual Health Services

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01685 728272

  • Providing contraception, sexually transmitted infection screening, advice and referral for sexual health matters.

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  • Find a sexual health clinic near you through the 111 service by NHS Wales

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Brook

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  • Free sexual health advice for young people from the experts.

Terrence Higgins Trust in Wales

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0808 802 1221

  • A charity working to end the transmission of HIV in the UK and provide individuals with sexual health advice

FPA: The Sexual Health Company

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0207 608 5240

  • A charity working to end the transmission of HIV in the UK and provide individuals with sexual health advice.