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Emergency contraception

What is it?

If you have had unprotected sex in the last five days or you think that your contraception may have failed, you may be able to have emergency contraception (the ‘morning after pill’ or a coil) to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.

We provide free emergency contraception.

Check our opening times and locations.

How it works

Emergency contraception options

  • Levonelle (Levonorgestrel pill)
    • Levonelle is most effective when taken within 12 hours of unprotected sex, but it can be used up to three days (72 hours) after:
      • If taken within first 24 hours: 95% effective at preventing pregnancy
      • If taken between 25–48 hours: 85% effective at preventing pregnancy
      • If taken between 49–72 hours: 58% effective at preventing pregnancy
    • Levonelle is free to everyone, including under 16s. You can get it from:
  • EllaOne (Ulipristal Acetate pill)
    • EllaOne is almost 98% effective at preventing pregnancy if it is taken within five days of having unprotected sex.
    • EllaOne is free to everyone, including under 16s. You can get it from:
  • Emergency contraception coil fitting
    • A copper coil (intra-uterine device, IUD) can be fitted up to five days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. The copper causes changes to fluids inside the womb which prevents the fertilised egg from implanting itself into the lining of the womb. For more information, see here
    • Emergency coils can be fitted at:
      • Luton Sexual Health service hub
      • Your GP (contact them to check)

Where can I get the pill?

  • All Luton Sexual Health clinics
  • Your GP
  • Walk In Centre
  • See below for details of pharmacies within Luton or search NHS Choices to find one near you. Emergency contraception within Luton is provided free of charge
Name Address Phone number Opening times
Birdsfoot Lane Pharmacy 255 Birdsfoot Lane, Luton LU3 2HX 01582 591616 Mon – Fri:  9am – 7pm
Sat:  9am–1pm
Biscot Pharmacy 157A Biscot Road, Luton LU3 1AW 01582 457709 Mon – Sat: 8am – 10:30pm Sun: 8am – 9pm
Bishopscote Dispensing Chemist 54 Bishopscote Road, Luton LU3 1PB 01582 571198 Mon – Fri: 9am – 6.30pm
Sat: 9am – 6pm
Britannia Pharmacy 2 Bramingham Park Centre, Whitehorse Vale, Luton LU3 4AD 01582 503704 Mon – Fri: 8:45am – 7pm
Sat: 8:45am – 1pm
Calverton Pharmacy 62 Calverton Road, Luton LU3 2SZ 01582 571752 Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
Sat: 9am – 5pm
Farley Hill Chemist 3-4 Market Square, Whipperley Ring, Farley Hill, Luton LU1 5RD 01582 721069 Mon – Weds: 9am – 6pm Thurs: 9am – 7pm

Fri: 9am – 6pm

Sat: 9am – 1pm

Halfway Chemist 731 Dunstable Road, Luton LU4 0DU 01582 571858 Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
Sat: 9am – 5pm
Harris Chemist 165 Dunstable Road, Luton LU1 1BW 01582 400851 Mon – Fri: 9am – 7pm

Sat 9:30am – 1pm

Krish Chemist Jansel House, 650 Hitchin Road, Stopsley, Luton LU2 7XH 01582 450208 Mon – Fri: 9am – 6:30pm
Sat: 9am – 1pm
Lloyds Pharmacy Unit 3 Marsh Farm Shopping Centre, Luton, LU3 3FH 01582 595111 Mon – Fri 9am – 6:30pm

Sat: 9am – 2pm

Lloyds Pharmacy 613 Hitchin Road, Luton LU2 7UR 01582 611003 Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm          Sat: 9am – 5pm
Lloyds Pharmacy Churchfield Medical Centre, 322 Crawley Green Road, Luton, LU2 9SB 01582 458019 Mon – Fri: 8am – 6:30pm    Sat: 9am – 1pm
Lloyds Pharmacy 30 Marsh Road, Luton, LU3 2NJ 01582 572739 Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 6:30pm
Sat: 9am – 2pm
Lloyds Pharmacy in Sainsburys 505 Quantock Rise, Bramingham Park, Luton, LU3 4AB 01582 492164 Mon – Fri: 7am – 11pm
Sat: 7am – 10pm
Sun: 10am – 4pm
Lloyds Pharmacy in Sainsburys J Sainsbury Store, 34 Dunstable Road, Luton LU1 1DY 01582 721760 Mon – Sat: 8am – 10pm

Sun: 11am – 5pm

Oakley Pharmacy 1a Addington Way, Luton LU4 9JF 01582 562511 Mon – Sat: 7:30am – 10pm Sun: 9am – 10pm
P & I Smith 3 Dominic Square, Luton LU4 0UN 01582 662061 Mon – Fri: 9am – 1pm then 2pm – 6pm

Sat: 9am – 1pm

Acorn Dispensing Chemist Unit 9, Bushmead Development, Hancock Drive, Luton LU2 7SF 01582 486900 Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
Sat: 9am – 1pm
Featherfield Pharmacy 56 Birdsfoot Lane, Luton LU3 2DQ 01582 585488 Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
Sat: 9am – 1pm
Rowlands Pharmacy 152 Sundon Park Road, Luton LU3 3AH 01582 571148 Mon – Fri: 9am – 6:15pm     Sat: 9am – 12:30
Royal Pharmacy 57 High Town Road, Luton LU2 0BW 01582 732312 Mon – Fri: 9am – 6:30pm     Sat: 9am – 1pm
Sai Dispensing Chemist 100 Dunstable Road, Luton LU1 1EH 01582 413781 Mon – Fri: 9am -7pm

Sat: 9:30am – 1pm

Superdrug Pharmacy 69-73 Arndale Centre, Luton LU1 2TJ 01582 726890 Mon – Weds: 8am – 6pm
Thur: 8.30am – 7pmFri – Sat: 8am – 6pm
The Mall Pharmacy Unit 3 Luton Mall, 46-48 George Street, Luton LU1 2AZ 01582 401500 Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Sat: 8.30am – 12pm
Westbourne Pharmacy 198B Dunstable Road, Luton LU4 8JJ 01582 419432 Mon – Sun: 9am – 9pm
Woodlands Dispensing Chemist Tudor House, 1 Bishopscote Road, Luton LU3 1NX 01582 504744 Mon – Fri: 9am – 7pm