There has recently been an increase in monkeypox cases within the UK, however the risk of catching it remains low. Monkeypox can affect anyone; however the majority of monkeypox cases in the UK continue to be in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), with the infection being passed on mainly through close contact between people in interconnected sexual networks. Therefore, these groups in particular are advised to be aware of the symptoms, especially any new rashes or lesions on any part of their body. If you have symptoms of monkeypox please contact a sexual health service or call NHS 111. For more information, please visit nhs.uk.
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Many pharmacies are able to provide emergency contraception (morning after pill) for a fee and some are able to provide it as a free service for 13-24 year olds. If you are planning on visiting a pharmacy for EHC we advise you to phone ahead to ensure the service will be available when you visit. Use the search button above to find your nearest options.
Women of any age can access free emergency contraception at their GP or a local sexual health service.
Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if a contraceptive method fails e.g a condom splits or pills are missed. The sooner you take action the more effective the treatment will be.
There are two types of emergency contraception -
If you are not sure about timing you can discuss your options confidentially with a pharmacist.