Sexual health and contraception


Emergency contraception – morning after pill & IUD:

Emergency contraception can be used if you have had unprotected sex or if you think that your method of contraception may have failed. It may prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation, fertilisation or implantation.

  • There are two types of Emergency Contraceptive Pill (the “morning after” pill):
    • Levonelle which must be taken up to 3 days (72 hours) after unprotected sex.
    • EllaOne must be taken up to five days after unprotected sex.
    • Both pills work by preventing or delaying ovulation, and can be up to 95% effective if taken within 24 hours of sex. It becomes less effective the longer you leave before taking it.
  • The other option for emergency contraception is the IUD (intrauterine device or coil):
    • It can be inserted up to 5 days after unprotected sex or within five days of the earliest time you could have released an egg.
    • The IUD is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and therefore more effective than the emergency contraceptive pill at preventing pregnancy. It can also be left in and used as your regular contraceptive method.

You can get emergency contraception for free locally from your GP surgery and sexual health clinics. You can also get the emergency contraceptive pill for free from NHS walk-in centres and some pharmacies or Accident and Emergency Departments. You can buy Levonelle from most pharmacies if you are over 16. You can also buy ellaOne from most pharmacies and ellaOne can be sold to under 16s without a prescription.

For further information on all types of contraception please visit or visit for information about sexual health and contraceptive services in York and North Yorkshire.

Booking Line: 01904 721111

Monkgate Health Centre        
31 Monkgate
YO31 7WA  
Heatherdene Centre for Sexual Health
Harrogate & District Foundation Trust
Lancaster Park Road

This is a combined STI & contraceptive service.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

If you’re worried you may have an STI please go for a check up at a sexual health clinic as soon as you can.

Common STIs in the UK include chlamydia, gonorrhoea and genital warts, and the sooner an STI is treated, the less chance that long-term damage will have been caused.

STIs can be passed from one person to another through vaginal, oral or anal sex, as well as through genital contact with an infected person. It’s possible to have more than one STI at a time and the only way to know that you don’t have an infection is to be tested.

If you suspect, or are worried, that you may have an STI please visit for more information and to find the nearest clinic to you.

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