Emergency contraception Ireland: Emergency contraception is a medical intervention to prevent unwanted pregnancy following unprotected sexual intercourse or contraceptive failure (eg missing the birth control pill or a slipped or broken condom). It is a backup contraception, which is not intended to be used as regular contraception. For regular contraception, refer to contraception choices (link here)
Emergency contraception can be used up to 5 days after unprotected sex. It should be taken as soon as possible as its effectiveness decreases with time.
There are two forms
- the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP)
- the copper coil (post-coital IUCD).
No emergency contraception is 100% successful and it will not work if you are already pregnant. It also will not protect against the spread of STIs. More information about STIs can be found here!
Debunking the Myths would like to add that knowing your contraceptive choices is essential to make informed decisions and to promote a positive outlook on sexual health. Under the contraceptive scheme, 17 to 25-year-olds can access emergency contraception services for free. (link here) The morning after pill can be accessed at participating pharmacies, this is free of charge with a Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) for those between the ages of 17-25. You do not need a prescription for the morning after pill regardless of your age.