Emergency Contraception

What is Emergency contraception?

Emergency Contraception can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if the usual contraception used has failed – for example, a condom has split or you have missed a contraceptive pill. The NHS emergency contraception service involves taking the Levonelle or ellaOne

When can I take Emergency contraception?

Although it is commonly called the “morning after” pill –  You can take the emergency contraceptive pill within 3 days (Levonelle) or 5 days (ellaOne) of unprotected sex, although the sooner you take it, the more effective it will be.

Is emergency contraception at a pharmacy 100% effective

As much as we’d like to say yes if this is a worry for you, it is not 100% guaranteed. The IUD is more effective than the contraceptive pill at preventing pregnancy – less than 1% of women who use the IUD get pregnant, but is only available via your GP or family planning clinic. A coil or IUD can be fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex, or up to 5 days after the earliest time you could have ovulated.
It is estimated that around 1 to 2% of women who take ellaOne after unprotected sex will become pregnant. In comparison, it’s estimated that 0.6 to 2.6% of women who take Levonelle after unprotected sex will become pregnant.

How do I get Emergency Contraception in Neath?

You can book an appointment ONLINE  at one of our Neath pharmacy branches. You will need to attend the Pharmacy to take the “morning after” pill onsite.