I need emergency contraception
What is emergency contraception?
Emergency contraception is used to prevent pregnancy.
You can use emergency contraception if:
- You have not used any contraception
- You have not used a condom, condom split or fell off
- You think your contraception might have failed, for example you have forgotten to take your pill
It works best if it is used as soon as possible after sex. It must be used within 5 days of the first episode of unprotected sex.
Remember, if you have had unprotected sex then you are also at risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
How does it work?
Types of emergency contraception
There are 2 types of emergency contraception:
- The emergency contraceptive pill (the morning after pill)
- The intrauterine device (IUD or copper coil)
Where can I get emergency contraception?
You can get the copper coil or the morning after pill from a range of services including
- Sexual health clinics
- Your GP
- Call NHS 111, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- You may be able to buy the morning after pill from your local community pharmacist if you are over 16
Visit our page on your right to privacy and confidentiality to find out when a doctor or nurse may or may not share your information.
Sexual Health services in West Yorkshire
How to make an appointment
Under 18 Drop In
Leeds Sexual Health at the Merrion Centre (1st floor). If you are under 18 and need contraception, or STI testing or STI treatment, please come to drop in sessions on Monday and Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm. You will be seen on the day if possible. This is for young people who are 17 or younger.
Leeds have a live chat Monday to Friday 1.30pm to 4pm for sexual health service accessible by visiting their website
Locala run under 18s Queue and Wait clinics (no appointment needed, just turn up) in the following locations:
- Every Monday: 3.30pm to 7pm at Princess Royal Health Centre, Greenhead Road, Huddersfield, HD1 4EW
- Every Tuesday: 3.30pm to 7pm at Cleckheaton Health Centre, Greenside, Cleckheaton, BD19 5AP
- Every Wednesday: 3.30pm to 6.30pm at Howard House, 2nd floor, 6 Bank Street, Bradford, BD1 1EE
Calderdale Sexual Health Service Broad Street Plaza, Halifax HX1 1UB Mondays 3pm to 5pm
You can find other local sexual health services through the NHS website.
In the video above Sarah thinks she might be pregnant, she turns to Sally for support.
Video credit: Sexwise