If you’ve had unprotected sex, that is, sex without using contraception, since your last period, or think your contraception might have failed, you can use emergency contraception.
There are different types of emergency contraception:
- The emergency intrauterine device (IUD)
- An emergency contraceptive pill
It’s best to get help as soon as possible, but even if it is more than 5 days since you had unprotected sex please come for advice.
Emergency contraception is available at all Lewisham Sexual health clinics and can also be obtained from some local pharmacies free of charge, even if you are under 16. If you think you need emergency contraception come to the clinic or go to your local pharmacy as soon as possible for advice.
Emergency contraception is available free at some pharmacies in Lewisham.
You can also get emergency contraception from ANY pharmacy but they may charge you if they are not in the Lewisham scheme.
Which contraceptive method is right for me?
Contraception refers to the methods that are used to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of contraception (condoms) can also be used to prevent some sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Methods with no user failure – they do not depend on you remembering to take or use them
Methods with user failure – you have to think about them regularly or each time you have sex