How to get emergency contraception
There are two types of emergency contraception - the morning after pill and the coil. Women over the age of 15 can buy the morning after pill over the counter or can buy it online in complete confidence. You can also ask your doctor to fit you with a coil. It is important to get emergency contraception as soon as possible after sex if the condom has broken.
No emergency contraceptive is 100% effective, but the sooner you take it, the more effective it is at preventing pregnancy.
Levonelle and EllaOne are two different types of morning after pill that can be bought online. Levonelle must be taken within 72 hours if you have had unprotected sex. EllaOne can be taken within 120 hours of unprotected sex. The sooner you take the morning after pill, the more effective it will be at preventing pregnancy.
The contraceptive coil is another form of emergency contraception that can be used after unprotected sex. Visit your doctor as soon as possible after you have had unprotected sex to ask for a coil to be fitted if it is suitable for you. Coils can be effective as a form of emergency contraception if they are fitted within 5 days of having unprotected sex.
Both the morning after pill and the coil are hormonal contraceptives which work by making it more difficult for any sperm to reach an egg. They make the lining of the womb unsuitable for a fertilised egg to implant. The morning after pill may also prevent ovulation, meaning that there is no egg present for a sperm to fertilise and cause a pregnancy.
If a condom breaks during sex, it is important to act as quickly as possible to get the morning after pill, or make an appointment with your doctor to ask about having a coil fitted.