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Emergency contraception in West Berkshire

Free emergency contraception information

Free Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) treatment is available for females aged 13 to 24 years in chemists for five days after unprotected sex or if a contraceptive method has failed. The sooner you take action the more effective the treatment will be. If you are planning on visiting a chemist for EHC, we advise you to phone ahead to ensure the service will be available when you visit.

Women of any age can access free emergency contraception at their GP or a Safe Sex Berkshire - Local services.    

There are two types of emergency contraception:

  • the emergency contraceptive pill (sometimes called the morning after pill) - this can be used up to five days after sex
  • the IUD (intrauterine device, or coil) - an IUD can be inserted up to five days after unprotected sex, or up to five days after the earliest time you could have ovulated

If you are not sure about timing you can discuss your options confidentially with a chemist.

Visit NHS Choices for more information about emergency contraception.

Check the Safe Sex Berkshire website for information for women taking other medicines.


The chemists listed below provide an emergency hormonal contraception service, free to females aged 13 to 24 years. This service is commissioned and funded by West Berkshire Council's Public Health and Wellbeing team.

Newbury

Lambourn

Theale

More information about sexual health services can be found on the Safe Sex Berkshire website.

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