Crisis and unplanned pregnancies don’t just happen to young people. Women in their 30s and 40s have unprotected sex – often because they assume that they are menopausal and have a low risk of pregnancy. In fact very few women are infertile before the age of 45.
If a woman becomes pregnant or is planning to become pregnant it is important to start taking folic acid during the first trimester ofpregnancy and if possible before conception. For more information, talk to your GP or family planning clinic.
If your method of contraception fails or if you have unprotected sex – emergency contraception can be used to avoid an unplanned pregnancy. There are different emergency contraception choicesavailable that are effective for different lengths of time (up to three to seven days) however emergency contraception is more effective the sooner you take it after having unprotected sex. Your emergencycontraception choice will depend on your situation – when you had your last period and how long it has been since you had unprotected sex.
Emergency contraception is now available directly from pharmacists so you can talk to a pharmacist, GP or family planningclinic about the best option for you.If you have had unprotected sex or your contraception failed, you may be at risk of a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Talk to your GP, family planning clinic, STI clinic or GUM clinic about arranging an STI test.
Information on the different emergency contraception choices available.
More information on your contraception choices