Emergency contraception is a form of contraception that is available if you’ve had unprotected sex or the method of contraception that you were using has failed.

There are two types of emergency contraception: the emergency contraceptive pill and Intrauterine Device (IUD or coil).

The emergency contraceptive pill, also known as the ‘morning after pill’, can be taken after you’ve had unprotected sex or if your normal method of contraception has failed and you’re worried that you might get pregnant.

There are two types of emergency contraception pill: 

  • Levonorgestrel – this must be taken within three days of having unprotected sex
  • ellaOne – this must be taken within five days of unprotected sex

They are both very effective at preventing pregnancy but work best if they are taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex.

Most pharmacies across Wolverhampton now dispense emergency hormonal contraception free of charge. Find your local pharmacy

Or alternatively please call our advice line for more information and advice regarding emergency contraception 01902 481689

The IUD or coil is a small, usually T-shaped plastic device which is inserted into the womb through the vagina by a specially trained doctor or nurse. 

It’s over 99% effective but has to be fitted within five days of having unprotected sex, depending on your last period and normal monthly cycle.

You can have a coil fitted at one of our clinics or at some GPs.

The IUD can also be used as a long-term method of contraception.