IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
If you have had sex without using contraception, or if your contraception failed, you or your partner can use emergency contraception. There are different types of emergency contraception – pills or intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD).
Emergency contraception can be very effective – especially if you have an IUD fitted or if the emergency contraceptive pill is taken soon after sex, preferably within 24 hours. The emergency contraceptive pill needs to be taken within 72 hours, however the Sexual Health Department, Pharmacies and some GPs can prescribe a pill that can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex.
Copper IUD’s (Coils) provide the most effective emergency contraception. They can be used up to five days after unprotected sex (and sometimes even longer). Contact the Sexual Health Clinic (01294 323226) or your GP for advice.
Women can get emergency contraception pills free from: –
Any young person’s clinic
Sexual health clinics
Ayr hospital accident and emergency department
Out of hours emergency GP service (Ayrshire Doctors On Call) phone first by contacting NHS24 (Dial 111).
If you have had unprotected sex you are also at risk of sexually transmitted infections, if you are worried about infections you can get checked out at your local Sexual Health Clinic.