Emergency Contraception

Ask for an urgent appointment and tell the receptionist it is for emergency contraception. The post-coital pill has to be given within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse. The sooner you take Emergency Contraception after unprotected sexual intercourse the more effective it is.

Within first 24 hours 95%

Within 48 hours 85%

Within 72 hours 58%

If you have left it more than 72 hours, you can still have a coil (IUD) fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sexual intercourse. Contact the Somerset wide integrated sexual health service (SWISH) in Taunton on 0300 1245010. It is important to see a health professional (doctor or nurse) for family planning advice as soon as possible after taking Emergency Contraception to arrange a method of regular contraception.