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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.

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?

  • Luton Sexual Health (please call to book an urgent telephone assessment)
  • 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
Acorn Pharmacy (Bushmead) Unit 9 Bushmead Shopping Centre, Hancock Dr, Luton LU2 7SF
Birdsfoot Lane Pharmacy 255 Birdsfoot Lane, Luton LU3 2HX
Biscot Pharmacy 157A Biscot Road, Luton LU3 1AW
Bishopscote Dispensing Chemist 54 Bishopscote Road, Luton LU3 1PB
Britannia Pharmacy 2 Bramingham Park Centre, Whitehorse Vale, Luton LU3 4AD
Calverton Pharmacy 62 Calverton Road, Luton LU3 2SZ
Farley Hill Chemist 3 Market Square, Whipperley Ring, Farley Hill, Luton LU1 5RD
Halfway Chemist 731 Dunstable Road, Luton LU4 0DU
Harris Chemist 165A, 165B Dunstable Rd, Luton
Krish Chemist (Stopsley) Jansel House, 650 Hitchin Road, Stopsley, Luton LU2 7XH
Lloyds Pharmacy (Marsh Farm) Unit 3 Marsh Farm Shopping Centre, Luton, LU3 3FH
Lloyds Pharmacy (Stopsley) 613 Hitchin Road, Luton LU2 7UR
Lloyds Pharmacy (Crawley Green Road) 322 Crawley Green Road, Luton, LU2 9SB
Lloyds Pharmacy (Marsh Road) 30 Marsh Road, Luton, LU3 2NJ
Lloyds Pharmacy (inside Sainsbury’s, Bramingham Park) 505 Quantock Rise, Bramingham Park, Luton, LU3 4AB
Lloyds Pharmacy (inside Sainsbury’s, Bury Park) 34 Dunstable Road, Bury Park, Luton LU1 1DY
Oakley Pharmacy 1a Addington Way, Luton LU4 9JF
P&I Smiths Pharmacy 3 Dominic Square, Luton LU4 0UN
Featherfield Pharmacy 56 Birdsfoot Lane, Luton LU3 2DQ
Rowlands Pharmacy (Sundon Park) 152 Sundon Park Road, Luton LU3 3AH
Royal Pharmacy 57 High Town Road, Luton LU2 0BW
Superdrug (The Mall) 69-73 Arndale Centre, Luton LU1 2TJ
The Mall Pharmacy (opposite McDonald’s) Unit 3 Luton Mall, 46-48 George Street, Luton LU1 2AZ
Westbourne Road Pharmacy 198B Dunstable Road, Luton LU4 8JJ
Woodlands Chemist Tudor House, 1 Bishopscote Road, Luton LU3 1NX