If you've had unprotected sex, that is, sex without using contraception, or think your contraception might have failed, you can use emergency contraception.

If you would like to discuss your options over the phone, please call:

01793 604038

Types of emergency contraception

There are different types of emergency contraception:

  • The emergency copper intrauterine device (IUD).
  • An emergency contraceptive pill with the active ingredient ulipristal acetate (UPA). ellaOne is currently the only brand available in the UK.
  • An emergency contraceptive pill with the hormone levonorgestrel. There are different brands – the most common one is Levonelle.

Emergency contraception can be very effective, but it’s not as effective as using other methods of contraception regularly.

The emergency IUD is the most effective form of emergency contraception.

An emergency contraceptive pill needs to be taken as soon as possible after sex to have the best chance of working.

Local pharmacies 

Find your nearest pharmacy

Below is a list of some local pharmacies that provide access to the emergency contraceptive pill. 

  • Swindon Pharmacy, Hawthorne Medical Centre, May Close, SN2 1UU 
  • Homeground Pharmacy, Thames Avenue, Swindon, SN25 1QQ 
  • Rowlands Pharmacy, Ely Close, Dunwich Drive, Toothill, Swindon, SN5 8SX 
  • Swindon Health Centre Pharmacy, NHS Health Centre, 1 Islington Street, Swindon, SN1 2DQ 
  • Highworth Pharmacy, Market Place, Highworth, Swindon, SN6 7AA 
  • Ashington Way Pharmacy, Ashington Way, Westlea, Swindon, SN5 7XT