Contraception is free in the UK including to under 16's and available at your GP and here at the SWISH Service.

There are lots of different methods of contraception to choose from (click here to find what they are). Different types of contraception suit different people and lifestyles.

Emergency Contraception

If you have had sex without contraception, or your contraception has failed (i.e. split condom or missed contraception) emergency contraception can help prevent a pregnancy. 

There are two types of emergency contraception, and these are available at our clinics. 

The Emergency Contraceptive Pill & The Copper Intrauterine Device (IUD)

The sooner you take emergency contraception or have it fitted, the better it will work.  

There are two kinds of the emergency contraceptive pill; these are sometimes called the ‘morning after pill’.  

Levonogestrel (Levonelle) can be taken up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex. This pill is the one many pharmacies can provide free. Ulipristal Acetate (ellaOne)  can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex. Both pills work by preventing or delaying ovulation.

You can choose to have a IUD fitted, the IUD is a small device that is fitted in your uterus by a specially trained doctor or nurse

If you need emergency contraception, please phone or walk in to one of our clinics.  If you are not able to get to one of our clinics, you can also obtain emergency contraception from: 

  • Your GP 
  • Other health professionals listed here including pharmacists, minor injury units and A&E