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Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception works by preventing an egg from being fertilised by a sperm by delaying the release of the egg in the hope to prevent pregnancy.

Emergency contraception is most effective the sooner it is taken after unprotected sex or failure of your regular contraceptive method, such as missed pills or split condoms.

There are two main methods, the copper coil and the emergency pill of which there are two types, Ulipristal acetate and Levonorgestrel.

If you're under 25, click here for free emergency contraception

Copper IUD

The copper IUD is 10 times more effective at preventing pregnancy than emergency pills. It is the most effective method of emergency contraception and will work even after you have most likely already ovulated, i.e. more than halfway through a regular cycle. It can be fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex or 5 days after the earliest possible time of ovulation. The IUD is effective immediately and it can be kept in as a hormone free method of contraception for up to 10 years if you would like, or we can remove the coil after we know you are not pregnant. 

Levonorgestrel (also known as Levonelle)

Levonelle needs to be taken within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected sex and works by delaying the release of an egg. It only prevents pregnancy for that one episode of UPSI and you are not protected after this. 

Ulipristal acetate (also known as (ellaOne)

ellaOne has to be taken within 120 hours (5 days) of unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. It stops or delays the release of an egg. If you are on the contraceptive, it will also stop this from working properly. You must wait 5 days before taking your pill again and then another 7 days before you can rely on your oral contraceptive so 12 days of condom use are required. After taking ellaOne, if you do not wait 5 days before restarting your contraceptive pill, you will be at risk of pregnancy.


If you aren’t able to get to us within our opening hours please use the links below for a list of pharmacies that supply FREE emergency oral contraception for Rotherham residents. Please ring the pharmacy before you go, to make sure a trained member of staff is working.

  • Abbey Pharmacy Rotherham - 19-21 Howard Street, Rotherham, S65 1JQ - 01709 377421 
  • Archway Pharmacy, 19-21 Kimberworth Road, Rotherham, S61 1AB, 01709 554232
  • Asda Store Rotherham - off Aldwarke Lane, Doncaster Road, Rotherham, S65 3SW - 01709 850670
  • Cohens Chemist - 10B Station Road, Treeton, Rotherham, S60 5PN - 0114 293 9039
  • Day Lewis Pharmacy - Thorogate Surgery, 6 The Parade, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, S62 7HX - 01709 522605                                                         
  • Dinnington Pharmacy - New Street, Dinnington, Sheffield, S25 2EZ - 01909 518338
  • Green Arbour Pharmacy Thurcroft - 65 Green Arbour Road, Thurcroft, Rotherham, S66 9DD - 01709 542224
  • JM McGill Knollbeck Pharmacy - 65 Knollbeck Lane, Brampton, Rotherham, S73 0TW - 01226 341281
  • Kiverton Delivery Pharmacy - The Garage Unit, Colliery Road, Kiverton Park, Sheffield, S26 6L - 01146 980161
  • Maltby Pharmacy - 8 Blyth Road, Maltby, Rotherham, S66 8JD - 01709 769696               
  • Weldricks Pharmacy Brinsworth - 27 Brinsworth Lane, Brinsworth, Rotherham, S60 5BS - 01709 348320
  • Weldricks Pharmacy Catcliffe - 26 Main St, Catcliffe, Rotherham, S60 5SR - 01709 382266
  • Weldricks Pharmacy Braithwell Road Maltby - Leisure & Services Centre, Braithwell Road, Maltby, Rotherham, S66 8JE - 01709 813344
  • Weldricks Pharmacy Maltby High Street - 94A High Street, Maltby, Rotherham, S66 7BN - 01709 812429
  • Weldricks Pharmacy Swallownest - 31-33 High Street, Swallownest, Sheffield, S26 4TT - 0114 287 7006
  • Weldricks Pharmacy Church Street Swinton - 1A Church Street, Swinton, Mexborough, S64 8QA - 01709 582776
  • Weldricks Pharmacy Crown Street Swinton - 17 Crown Street, Swinton, Mexborough, S64 8NB - 01709 582183
  • Well Pharmacy - 22 Park Lane, Thrybergh, Rotherham, S65 4BT - 01709 850214
  • Well Pharmacy - Sough Hall Avenue, Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham, S61 2QP - 0114 257 1557
  • Well Pharmacy - Poplar Glade, Wickersley, Rotherham, S66 2JQ - 01709 549714
  • Wickersley Pharmacy - 2 Morthen Road, Wickersley, Rotherham, S66 1EU - 01709 703319
  • Winterhill Pharmacy - 2 Fellowsfield Way, Rotherham, S61 1NL - 01709 555295

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