Emergency Contraception

If your form of contraception has failed or have had sexual intercourse without a condom, you could be at risk of getting pregnant. Emergency contraception is more effective the sooner you take it after having unprotected sex.

What is Emergency Contraception or the Morning after pill?

  • Emergency contraception is a secondary method or ‘back-up’ contraceptive. It can be used if you want to avoid an unplanned pregnancy after you have had sex without using contraception or if contraception has failed (e.g. the condom slipped or you missed a pill).
  • Emergency contraception is more effective the sooner you take it after having unprotected sex.
  • Emergency contraception can be effective up to 72 hours, but in some cases can work outside this time-frame. It is important to take it sooner rather than later for the pill to take effect.
  • Emergency contraception does not provide any protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • You can get emergency contraception over the counter in pharmacies with price ranging from €2.50 if you have a medical card to €65 .
  • Talk to your GP, family planning clinic or pharmacist about the best emergency contraception method for you.

For Emergency Contraception facts, click here.