What is an emergency contraceptive?


If you have unprotected sex or if there is an accident like a condom splitting then you can take emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy. The earlier you do this the better.

You should also get tested for a sexually transmitted infection if you and your partner haven’t done this already.

Myth: The contraceptive pill works as soon as you start taking it.

In most cases 1 week is needed for the pill to start being effective in preventing pregnancy.

Had unprotected sex?

If you have had unprotected sex this puts you at risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection.

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