Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception(effective for up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, but most effective when taken as soon as possible after intercourse) is available from the surgery, Slough NHS Walk-in Centre or sexual health clinics, including the Garden Clinic at Upton Hospital (01753 635302). Emergency contraception can be purchased from pharmacies but is not available at A&E departments.

If you need emergency contraception – which can be used to reduce the chances of pregnancy up to five days after an episode of unprotected intercourse – please contact the surgery as soon as you can by telephone, and ask for an urgent call back from the duty doctor. We can issue emergency contraception that same day. The sooner it is used, the more effective it is. In some cases we can fit a copper intrauterine device (a “coil”) as an emergency contraceptive; we can also supply Levonelle or EllaOne emergency contraceptive pills.

You can also get emergency contraception from your pharmacist, from sexual health or genitourinary medicine clinics and from community contraception (family planning) clinics.

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