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Emergency contraception

Find out where to access emergency contraception and the morning after pill in the borough.

Last updated: 3 November 2021

Emergency Hormonal Contraception (the morning after pill) should be taken within 3 days (72 hours) of unprotected sex, but the sooner you take it, the better.

Sometimes emergency contraception can be given up to 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex, so always ask if needed.

Emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.

It is available for sale at local pharmacies. You can also access emergency contraception for free from clinics, pharmacies and your GP.

Services in Waltham Forest

You can access sexual health services and advice from various locations in Waltham Forest, including:

You can also find useful advice about sexual health and contraception choices on the sexwise website.