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.