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Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception is a form of contraception that is available if you have had unprotected sex or the method of contraception that you were using has failed and you are worried that you might get pregnant.  

There are two types of Emergency Contraception; Emergency Hormonal Contraception and Intra Uterine Device (IUD).

Emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) is a type of contraception that can be taken after you have had unprotected sex or your normal method of contraception has failed and are worried that you might get pregnant. It is also sometimes called the ‘morning after pill’.

EHC can be taken up to 72 hours after you have had unprotected sex but the earlier you take it, the better it works. 

You can get emergency contraception from lots of places, including:

  • Sexual Health Clinics

Because it is important to take EHC as soon as possible after sex, you should request an emergency appointment or explain that you need EHC. 

To book an appointment with Embrace please phone 01902 444444.


  • Phoenix Walk-In Centre

The Phoenix Walk in Centre will provide you with emergency contraception and condoms, and is often open when other places aren’t. 

Address: Phoenix Health Centre, Parkfield Road, Wolverhampton, WV4 6ED


  • Most pharmacies 

Many pharmacies across Wolverhampton now dispense emergency hormonal contraception free of charge. To see which pharmacies provide free emergency contraception please see the link below.

Wolverhampton pharmacies that provide free emergency contraception (PDF, 180Kb)


  • Your GP Surgery

Your GP may be able to prescribe Emergency Hormonal Contraception. To find out please phone your own GP Surgery. 

The copper Intra Uterine Device (or IUD) can be fitted into your womb within five days of having unprotected sex, depending on your last period and normal monthly cycle. The IUD is a very reliable form of emergency contraception. Please seek advice from your local clinic or GP surgery for further information.