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Emergency Contraception

Emergency Intrauterine Device (IUD)

An IUD can be fitted as an emergency contraceptive up to five days after sex. It has to be fitted by a specially trained doctor or nurse.

The IUD works by either stopping an egg from being fertilised or by stopping it implanting in the womb. The emergency IUD is almost 100% effective at whatever stage it is fitted.

Most family planning clinics/contraceptive health services clinics/youth advisory clinics will have at least one doctor who is able to fit IUDs. GPs that are trained to fit coils can also help you. It is a good idea to telephone the service before visiting to check when an appropriately trained doctor or nurse will be available.