The emergency contraceptive pill is a tablet containing progestogen, a hormone which is similar to the natural progesterone women produce in their ovaries.
About the EHC
If you have had unprotected sex, that is, sex without using contraception or when you think your contraception may have failed, you may be at risk of an unwanted pregnancy or contracting a sexually transmitted infection.
You can use emergency contraception to avoid an unwanted pregnancy
There two methods of emergency contraception, which are both available completely FREE of charge and confidentially:
- Emergency Hormonal Contraception (known as the emergency contraceptive pill or the morning after pill). It can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.
- The copper IUD can be fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex.
How it works
The emergency contraceptive pill can prevent an unwanted pregnancy by:
- Stopping an egg being released (ovulation)
- Delaying ovulation
- Stop a fertilised egg from settling within your uterus
You will be given one pill to take. It can be taken up to 72 hours after having unprotected sex, but it is more effective the SOONER it is taken. It is:
- 95% effective within 24 hours of unprotected sex
- 85% between 25 - 48 hours
- 58% if between 49 and 72 hours
Where to get an EHC
There are various places in Kirklees offering free emergency hormonal contraception (EHC).
You can also buy the emergency contraceptive pill (around £26.00) from:
- Pharmacies (if you are aged 16 or over)
- Some clinics run by organisations such as British Pregnancy Advisory Service and Marie Stopes
- If you have had unprotected sex over 72 hours ago, you may be able to have an Emergency IUD fitted to avoid an unwanted pregnancy, free and confidentially.