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I had unprotected sex and I don’t want to be pregnant / get an STI?

If you have had unprotected sex you may be at risk of a sexual transmitted infection (STI), or be pregnant.

Women may be at risk of an unwanted pregnancy if they have had unprotected sex, contraception has been missed, or contraception has failed. Contraception can fail is a condom splits or if a women taking an oral contraception has sickness or diarrhoea. 

Emergency hormonal contraception can be taken up to 120 hours after unprotected sex.

  • The oral pill is available in many pharmacies across Staffordshire free of charge and is simple to take. It works by delaying ovulation to avoid fertilisation.

Emergency oral contraception is available at most pharmacies in Staffordshire, including

  • Lloyds Pharmacies
  • Boots Stores
  • Asda pharmacies
  • Tesco pharmacies
  • Well Pharmacies
  • Cornwell Pharmacies
  • And a number of other local pharmacies

The most effective form of emergency contraception is the copper coil IUD. It works by stopping a fertilised egg from implanting into the woman’s womb, thus preventing pregnancy from occurring. This is inserted into a woman’s cervix and can only be performed by a GP or at a sexual health clinic.

Newcastle and Staffordshire Moorlands

More information and opening times for STI test and treat and contraceptive services.

Tamworth, Lichfield, East Staffordshire, Stafford, Cannock and South Staffordshire

More information and opening times for STI test and treat and contraceptive services.

Information on STIs or unwanted pregnancies.

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