1. There are 3 EHC options
Most people have heard of the ‘emergency or morning after pill’ but actually there are three types of EHC available. These include two types of pill as well as an emergency intrauterine device (IUD), or coil. EHC pills can be given up to five days after unprotected sex but are more successful the sooner you take them. The coil is a more effective form of emergency contraception. The important thing is to not delay and to make an appointment as soon as possible to decide what will work best for you.
2. Regular contraception is best
EHC maybe the reason you seek advice and support if you have had unprotected sex. However sexual health services can also start you on a regular contraceptive method at the same time to avoid and prevent any unwanted issues in the future.
3. The withdrawal method is not a form of contraception
During sexual penetration the penis releases semen before full ejaculation has occurred even if sex has not been fully completed. If you have had unprotected sex and have no form of contraception then a visit to your local sexual health clinic, walk in centre or pharmacy to discuss emergency hormonal contraception is advised.
4. How many times can EHC be used?
EHC can be used more than once if needed although this is not recommended. It’s much better to get the right kind of guidance and contraception method from a sexual health clinic by speaking to a health professional.
5. Where to get EHC
You can go to most pharmacies and walk in centres across Knowsley to receive emergency hormonal contraception but, if possible, it’s better to visit a sexual health clinic who can also talk to you in confidence about your sexual health needs. Information about sexual health clinics in Knowsley can be found in the help section.