In addition to the two different types of morning after pill, you also have the option to have a copper intrauterine device (IUD) fitted.
The copper IUD (sometimes called the copper coil) can be used as emergency contraception when it is fitted within 5 days of unprotected sex. Once the copper IUD is inserted, it can prevent pregnancy for between 5 and 10 years – depending on which type. The copper IUD is placed in your uterus, it works by emitting copper into the womb which alters the cervical mucus. This makes it hard for sperm to survive and for an egg to implant.
To get the copper IUD, you will have to make an appointment with a sexual health clinic or through your GP, as it will have to be fitted by a doctor or nurse. Some healthcare providers would recommend that if you have to wait for an appointment to get your IUD fitted, that you take the emergency contraceptive pill in the meantime, just in case.
We know that experiencing unprotected sex, or a contraceptive failure, can make you feel panicked, but it’s important to remember that you still have a choice about what to do next. If you choose to use the morning after pill to help prevent pregnancy, you can access it in a way that suits your lifestyle.
If you still have questions about emergency contraception and how it works, why not try our frequently asked questions page? The more information you have, the more confident you can feel in your choices.