Order emergency contraception online

If you are 16 or over, you can order the emergency hormonal contraception (the "morning after pill") online from SH:24 and receive it directly to your home or another location of your choice. This service is free for residents of Blackburn with Darwen.

SH:24 provide the same emergency contraception as sexual health services, GPs and pharmacies and their clinicians are on hand to carry out your initial consultation.

Because this online service is only available to people aged 16 or over, you will need to contact Brook Blackburn if you are under 16.

Also, if you would like to discuss your options for emergency contraception aside from the morning-after pill, such as the IUD/IUS, please get in touch with Brook Blackburn as soon as possible on 01254 268700.

How do I know if I am at risk of pregnancy and need emergency contraception?

If you’ve had vaginal sex without a condom, or if your contraceptive method fails, then there is a risk you could be pregnant. If this has happened within the last five days, you can usually prevent pregnancy by using emergency contraception.

Emergency contraception is most effective if you take it as early as possible.

You can assess your risk of falling pregnant now by using a simple pregnancy calculator.

If it happened more than 5 days ago then you will need to do a pregnancy test. This usually involves testing your wee for the pregnancy hormone HCG. Find out more about pregnancy testing.

To get an accurate result you need to test three weeks (or 21 days) after unprotected sex or immediately after when your period should have been due (whichever is sooner). If you test before this, there maybe not be enough of the HCG hormone to show up in your urine.

Our services can help you with the support and advice you need and provide pregnancy tests. Get in touch with Brook Blackburn.

What type of emergency hormonal contraception can I order?

There are two different types of emergency contraceptive pill:

  • Levonorgestrel (LNG) has to be taken within 72 hours (three days) of sex
  • Ulipristal acetate (UPA) has to be taken with 120 hours (five days) of sex.

When ordering, the information you provide will help SH:24 determine the best pill for you. It's important that you provide them with accurate information.

What information will I have to give if I want to get emergency contraception?

If you need emergency contraception for recent unprotected sex, you will be asked:

  • When you have had unprotected sex in your current menstrual cycle.
  • The date your last period started.
  • Sometimes you'll be asked the usual length of your cycle (from the start of one period to the next).
  • Details of any contraceptive failure (such as how many pills you may have missed, and when).
  • If you use medication.
  • Your medical history and sexual health history.

How will the emergency contraceptive pill affect my normal contraception?

The emergency contraceptive pill will not prevent future pregnancies if you have unprotected sex again, so you should make sure you are taking your contraception correctly.

For Levonorgestrel (LNG): If you are using emergency contraception because you forgot your regular pill or did not use the patch or vaginal ring correctly, you should take your regular pill again, insert a new ring or apply a new patch. Use additional contraception, such as condoms:

  • For seven days with the patch, the ring and the combined pill
  • For two days with the progestogen-only pill.

For Ulipristal acetate (UPA): If you forgot your regular pills, did not use the patch or vaginal ring correctly, or want to start using hormonal contraception, you should wait for 5 days after taking UPA. This is because hormonal contraception could stop UPA working effectively. Use additional contraception, such as condoms:

  • With the patch, the ring and the combined pill, for 7 days (9 days for Qlaira pill)
  • With the progestogen only pill, for two days.