There are more than a dozen methods of contraception available on the NHS and this section provides practical information about how to decide which method might work best for you.

Start by finding out about the contraception methods you can choose from, including how they work, who can use them and possible side effects.

Emergency contraception

Women who have had unprotected sex can take an emergency contraception pill up to five days after sex to prevent a pregnancy. 

This is available from all our clinics and you can pre-book appointments by calling 0333 300 2100.

Lines open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday. A recorded message gives useful information outside these hours. Our busiest time is between 8am and 10am, if you can call outside these times please do. We may still have same day appointments available if you call later.

If you’re under 16

Doctors and nurses work under strict guidelines when dealing with people under 16. They'll encourage you to consider telling your parents, but they won't make you. Respecting your privacy is very important.

The only time a health professional might want to tell someone else is if they believe you're at risk of harm, such as abuse. The risk would need to be serious, and they would usually discuss this with you first.