Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception

If you’ve forgotten to take your pill, your condom split or you’ve had unprotected sex in the last 72 hours then you may need emergency contraception, and the sooner you take it the better. Emergency contraception is available free from Sexual Health Services, some GP’s (family doctors) and selected pharmacies (chemists), even if you’re under 16.

If you’ve had unprotected sex or your condom failed it is really important to also consider your risk for sexually transmitted infections and to think about your long-term contraception needs.

You can also receive emergency contraception from your pharmacist. Certain pharmacies can provide this for free for women in Hampshire.

In Hampshire pharmacies that can issue free emergency contraception to women will display this logo.

You can also use this card to tell a pharmacist or a health professional that you have had unprotected sex and may need emergency contraception.

Cards can be obtained from your local connexions or youth service centre.

Only pharmacists who have undergone training will be able to issue emergency contraception for free and to under 16’s so please ring the pharmacy first to check that the pharmacist who has been trained will be there. We do not want you to have a wasted journey, so please check first!

Use the map of Hampshire to find local pharmacies participating on the EHC Scheme or click here to find services in Hampshire.

Call 0300 300 2016 to find out about local services close to you.

Please remember to telephone the pharmacy first to see if the trained pharmacist is available to see you.

If you miss the 72 hours it is still possible to have an emergency coil fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex. You can have an emergency coil fitted for free at your local contraception and sexual health clinic or at some GP surgeries.

Some GP’s will only fit emergency coils for their own patients so its best to phone ahead to see if they will fit one for you.


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