Manchester City Council

Health & wellbeing Sexual health

Emergency contraception

If you've had sex without using contraception or if your method of contraception has failed, you can use emergency contraception to reduce the chance of becoming pregnant. You must act fast though!

Emergency hormonal contraception needs to be taken within 72 hours (up to 3 days) of unprotected sex but the sooner you take it the better the chance of it working.

Young women can get emergency hormonal contraception, free of charge, from:

Women of all ages, including young women, can get emergency hormonal contraception, free of charge, from:

The second option is to get an IUD fitted. IUDs (coils) can act as emergency contraception if they are fitted within 5 days of unprotected sex. Contact Northern on 0161 701 1555 if you want to get an IUD fitted.

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