Emergency contraception

If you've had unprotected sex and are worried you may be pregnant, you have 2 choices of emergency contraception:

Emergency oral contraception

There are two types of emergency oral contraception (sometimes known as the 'morning after pill'). One that can be used up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex and another that can be used up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex. If you're under the age of 30, you can access emergency oral contraception for free at participating pharmacies. It is also available from sexual health clinics.

Find out where to get emergency oral contraception from a pharmacist or clinic near you by entering your post code below.

The coil

The coil can be used as emergency contraception but needs to be inserted within 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. To have a coil fitted, book an appointment with your doctor (you'll need to check that they offer this service) or visit one of our clinics.

If you're too late for emergency contraception

You can access advice by calling our helpline on 0300 790 0245 (east Kent) or 01622 225713 (west Kent). Alternatively, you can visit one of our clinics. You can also get advice about unplanned pregnancy from the MSI reproductive choices website.

Get emergency contraception


You can use webchat to contact a sexual health professional in confidence (available Monday to Friday, 2pm to 4pm, excluding public holidays).