The intrauterine device (IUD) which is suitable for emergency contraception is a Copper-T IUD
Copper-T IUD is considered the most effective emergency contraceptive method and it also provides an ongoing contraceptive solution. However the IUD fitting takes time and involves an invasive and sometimes uncomfortable procedure.
Copper-T IUD can be fitted up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex . However its use is restricted by its availability and the need to be inserted by a specifically trained healthcare professional.
Oral emergency contraception (emergency contraception pills)
There are two types of oral emergency contraceptives available from pharmacy – containing either levonorgestrel, or ulipristal acetate (ellaOne®)
The mechanism of action of oral emergency contraception is to postpone or inhibit ovulation, so that no egg is released.
Oral emergency contraception is available directly from your pharmacist, without a prescription. You can also get emergency contraception from your GP, Family Planning Clinic, walk-in centre, or out of hours services. All oral emergency contraception options consist of one single tablet to be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex, or contraceptive failure. The pharmacist or healthcare professional will be able to advise which option is most suitable for you.