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Emergency contraception

What is it?

Emergency contraception is used following unprotected sexual intercourse or contraception failure (e.g. burst condom, missed pills etc.) to help prevent pregnancy. There are 2 types to choose from – hormone tablets and coils.

There are two main types of emergency contraception:

  1. Hormonal / Emergency Pills
    There are now 2 different emergency contraceptive pills available. The first is a progestogen-only pill called Levonelle which is taken as a single tablet up to 120 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse. It is more effective the sooner it is taken after sex.

    The second pill is a synthetic progestogen pill called ella-One. It is also a single tablet which is currently only used between 72 and 120 hours after sex when it is felt to be more effective than levonelle.

  2. Coils (Intra-Uterine Devices)
    These are small plastic T-shaped devices containing copper which are inserted into the womb. They can be used up to 120 hours after unprotected sex or later depending on the timing in the menstrual cycle. They are the most effective method at preventing pregnancy and can also provide on-going contraception..

Where can I get emergency contraception?

  • Your GP
  • Out of Hours
  • Sexual Health clinics
  • C2U drop-in clinics
  • Accident and Emergency
  • All pharmacies (if you are age 13 years or older)

Ella-One can only be obtained from your GP, sexual health clinics and accident and emergencies.

Coils can be fitted either at Sexual Health (phone 0345 702 3687) or through some GP practices (see list below).

Where can I get an emergency coil (IUD) inserted?

You can either self refer to the Sexual Health Services (03457023687) or check below to see if your GP or a nearby practice can do it.

ANNANDALE & ESKDALE

ANNAN NORTH SURGERY
(Greencroft Medical Centre (N), Greencroft Wynd, Annan, DG12 6GN)
Tel: 01461 202745

DUMFRIES

LOCHTHORN MEDICAL CENTRE
(Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1TR)
Tel: 01387 259944

UPPER NITHSDALE

SANQUHAR HEALTH CENTRE
(Upper Nithsdale Group Practice, Health Centre, Station Road, Sanquhar, DG4 6BT)
Tel: 01659 50221

STEWARTRY

GLENKELNS, NEW GALLOWAY
(High Street, New Galloway, DG7 3RN)
Tel: 01644 420234

NEWTON STEWART

CAIRNSMORE MEDICAL PRACTICE
(Health Centre, Creebridge, Newton Stewart, DG8 6NR)
Tel: 01671 403609

STRANRAER

LOCHREE PRACTICE
(Waverley medical Centre, Dalrymple Street, Stranraer, DG9 7DW)
Tel: 01776 707814

OUTWITH STRANRAER

SANDHEAD SURGERY
(Piggery Road, Sandhead, Wigtownshire, DG9 9DP)
Tel: 01776 830262