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Monkeypox

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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Pharmacies that provide EHC (morning after pill) treatment for 13-24 year olds


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:

  • The emergency contraceptive pill (sometimes called the morning after pill) – this can be used up to 5 days after sex.
  • The IUD (intrauterine device, or coil) – an IUD can be inserted up to five days after unprotected sex, or up to five days after the earliest time you could have ovulated.

These pharmacies provide free EHC (morning after pill) treatment for 13-24 year olds. Remember to phone ahead of your visit to check opening times and to ensure the service will be available when you visit.


Visit NHS Choices for more information about emergency contraception

Important information for women taking other medicines which might reduce how well emergency contraception works

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