Emergency contraception can stop you from getting pregnant after unprotected sex or if the contraception you used failed. For example, if a condom split, or you missed a pill.
You can use emergency contraception up to 5 days after having unprotected sex. It is more effective if you take it as soon as possible after having unprotected sex.
How to get emergency contraception
Talk to your GP, family planning clinic or pharmacist about the best emergency contraception option for you.
Free emergency contraception
Women and people with a uterus aged 17 to 30 can get the emergency contraception pill for free. This can be given over-the-counter at participating pharmacies. You do not need to go to your GP for a prescription.
Learn more about the free contraception scheme.
You can also get free emergency contraception if you have a medical card.
Emergency contraception pills are not suitable as a regular method of contraception. Talk to your GP or family planning clinic if you would like to find out more about regular contraception choices.
Sexually transmitted infections
Emergency contraception does not provide any protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Condoms are the only type of contraception that can both prevent pregnancy and protect against STIs.
Find out how to prevent STIs.
Emergency contraception types
There are different emergency contraception choices for different situations.
Learn more about your emergency contraception choices.