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Emergency contraceptive pill

ECPIf you have had unprotected sex and are worried about being pregnant, you can take an emergency contraceptive pill. This is also called the morning-after pill.

You can take this pill up to 72 hours (three days) after having unprotected sex, but it's best to take it as soon as you can. You can buy the pill from most pharmacies, or get it from your GP, Family Planning, or the Sexual Health Centre.

Another option for emergency contraception is to have a coil or IUD fitted by a doctor. You can do this up to five days after unprotected sex. It can also be more suitable for heavier women. Your doctor will talk to you about this.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated April 2016.

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