Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception in Bromley

If you require emergency contraception please read about the types available below. Emergency contraception in Bromley can be obtained from our Contraception clinics, GPs and a selection of pharmacies. For a full list go to our Find a Service page and select ‘Emergency Contraception’ from the services list.

You can call Sexual Health Bromley on 0300 330 5777 to book an appointment or attend as a walk-in patient. You will always be seen if your visit is for emergency contraception. If you’re coming to the clinic for emergency contraception please let the receptionist know.

Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC)

The emergency contraceptive pill is sometimes called the “morning after pill”. There are two kinds of emergency contraceptive pill: Levonelle and ellaOne. Both work by preventing or delaying ovulation.

You can take Levonelle more than once in a menstrual cycle and it does not interfere with your regular method of contraception. It has to be taken within 72 hours (3 days) of sex.

ellaOne may prevent other types of hormonal contraception from working a week after use and is not recommended for use more than once in a menstrual cycle. It has to be taken within 120 hours (five days) of sex.

Neither protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It is thought that ellaOne is more effective than Levonelle. You only take one tablet in both cases. Both are less effective than the copper IUD at preventing pregnancy. The sooner you take either pill, the more effective it will be.

Copper IUD (The Coil) as Emergency Contraception

The IUD (intrauterine device) is a small, T-shaped contraceptive device made from plastic and copper. It is inserted into the uterus by a trained health professional. It may prevent an egg from implanting in the womb or being fertilised.

The IUD can be inserted up to 5 days after having unprotected sex. It does not interact with any other medication and you can choose to have the IUD left in as an ongoing method of contraception. The IUD is more effective than the emergency pill at preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex.

This can only be accessed at Sexual Health Bromley Contraception Clinics. Contact us on 0300 330 5777 to book an appointment.

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