If you are attending the service for a face-to-face appointment, to collect condoms or medicines please wear a face mask or face covering and maintain social distancing whilst in the clinic and waiting area.

Emergency Contraception

If you’ve had unprotected sex and don’t want to get pregnant, you can take the Emergency Hormonal Contraceptive (EHC) pill (also known as the morning after pill) up to 120 hours or five days after unprotected sex.

EHC is more effective the sooner you take it, so act fast.

You can also have a coil inserted into the womb (uterus) which will prevent pregnancies. This can be done up to 5 days after unprotected sex and can be left in to prevent future pregnancies.

Only women can get emergency contraception — the best thing for men to do is use a condom correctly every time they have sex. But remember that the pill and coil will NOT protect you from sexually transmitted infections. Only condoms can help do this.

If you are aged 24 and under some pharmacies across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will provide you with EHC (morning after pill) free of charge.

CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19 to Pharmacy oral emergency contraception service for Leicestershire & Rutland. 

Due to COVID-19 there are some temporary changes to the free oral emergency contraception for under 25’s. Pharmacies may now offer the service as a telephone consultation and the medication will need to be collected from the Pharmacy. Therefore, it is best to telephone the chosen pharmacy to check that they can provide the service and whether you need to go to the pharmacy. 

A list of Pharmacies providing the service is provided below.

To find your nearest pharmacy offering this, please visit our pharmacy finder.

Alternatively you can access EHC from your GP or SHACC practices.

To order your EHC pill please click here.

Midlands Partnership Foundation NHS Trust Providing Sexual Health Services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Services commissioned by Leicester City and Leicestershire and Rutland County Councils.
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