Emergency contraception

You can get free emergency contraception from participating pharmacies across Dorset.

Ask to speak to a pharmacist in private and they will talk to you confidentially about your options.

Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if another method of contraception fails. It is easy to take, safe and effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy. It isn't just for the 'morning after', you can usually take it up to 3-5 days after unprotected sex, depending on the type of emergency contraception. The sooner you take it, the more effective it will be, so speak to a pharmacist as soon as possible.

Public Health Dorset commissions participating pharmacies to provide this service for free. You can also speak to your GP or local sexual health service about free emergency contraception, or you can buy it in some other pharmacies.

Use this map to find out which pharmacies offer this service. You don't need an appointment, just walk in and ask to speak to a pharmacist. 

Sexual health advice

Emergency contraception doesn't protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you've had unprotected sex and you're worried you might have an STI, contact Sexual Health Dorset.

Emergency contraception is effective in preventing pregnancy when taken promptly, but relying on it frequently is not as reliable as using regular contraception, such as the contraceptive pill, coil or implant. Find out about your contraception options or speak to your GP.