Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception can be used by a woman to prevent pregnancy after having unprotected sex. The emergency contraceptive pill (known as the “morning after pill”) can be taken up to three days (72 hours) after you have had unprotected sex.

If it is taken within 24 hours of having unprotected sex, the emergency contraceptive pill is effective in preventing 95% of pregnancies. However, the later the emergency contraceptive pill is taken, the lower the success rate.

Some Lambeth pharmacists give emergency contraception for free and our receptionists can provide you with a list. The emergency contraceptive pill is also available free of charge from most family planning clinics and the Practice. If you need emergency contraception whilst the pharmacies, sexual health clinics and Practice are closed, you can also contact NHS 111.

If you would like information about where to get the “morning after pill” please contact NHS 111 open 24 hours a day. The availability of these services may be reduced over bank holiday periods.

The emergency contraceptive pill should not be used as a regular method of contraception. If you would like general advice on contraception please make an appointment with the practice nurse.

C Card (free condom distribution scheme) outlets for young people aged 15-24 are also available across Lambeth. Please visit www.comecorrect.org.uk to register and find the nearest location.