Emergency Contraception

If you are at risk of pregnancy, perhaps a condom split or came off , you missed the pill or you were not using contraception at all ,then you need emergency contraception. Emergency contraception can be obtained in several ways and there are two types of emergency contraception.

The first type is a form of the pill and is effective if taken up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse. The second type is to insert an intrauterine device (coil) and this is effective for up to 5 days after unprotected sex. The pill can be obtained from

  • The Practice. If you come within 72 hours then we will be able to prescribe it for you but you will need to see the doctor. All consultations are confidential Prescriptions from us are free.
  • From a Family Planning Clinic. The nearest one is at the Caryl Thomas Clinic in Headstone Drive 0208 861 5924. Prescriptions from them are free

It’s worth remembering that emergency contraception can fail and it does not stop pregnancies outside of the womb known as ectopic pregnancy. It is therefore vital that if you miss a period you must come back.

Emergency contraception is no substitute for regular family planning and you should discuss this with us as well.