Every time a man and a woman have sex, there is a chance the woman may become pregnant. Most people use contraception to stop conception (getting pregnant).
But sometimes people might have sex without using contraception. Sometimes contraception may fail, for example if:
- A condom splits or breaks
- You are sick or have an upset stomach while taking the contraceptive pill
If this happens, you can take emergency hormonal contraception (EHC). The most common kind of emergency contraception must be taken within 72 hours of having sex. But there are other kinds of contraception you can take up to five days after having sex. If you take EHC you have a much lower chance of becoming pregnant.
You can get EHC from these places for free.
Free from Pharmacies if you are 21 or Under
You can buy EHC at a pharmacy. But young women aged 21 and under can get EHC free of charge from pharmacies (also called chemists) on the below list. If your local pharmacy cannot offer this service, they will tell you where you can access free EHC.
Download the list of Pharmacies in Oxfordshire which provide free EHC to young people aged 21 and under. This list is updated regularly (last updated June 2019) and includes information about other ways to get EHC. Remember some pharmacies have changed opening hours over the weekends and holidays - you can always phone ahead to check.