Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception can be used if a contraceptive method fails (for instance a condom splits or a pill is forgotten or taken late) or no contraception is used. Emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). There are two forms of emergency contraception;

  1. Emergency hormonal contraception (the morning after pill).
  2. Emergency intrauterine device (IUD).

Emergency contraception is available free from:

  • GPs
  • Contraceptive/Sexual Health Clinics
  • NHS walk-in centres
  • Sexual health services/GUM clinics
  • Some Accident and Emergency Departments

You can find a list of pharmacies providing emergency contraception for free on Public Health Dorset's website

You can also use the service finder tool below to search for Emergency Contraception available from our clinics:



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Notice of Building Work – Sexual Health Dorset @Bournemouth

We are currently undertaking building work in the pharmacy space next to the waiting room in Sexual Health Dorset @Bournemouth, 66-68 Palmerston Road. This work will not affect your appointment with the clinician but you may encounter some noise in the waiting room which we apologise for.