Sexual health

Use this guide to find more information about our sexual health services, abortions, contraception, and HIV prevention and support.

Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception is used to prevent pregnancy after having unprotected sex, or when the usual method of contraception is believed to have failed for example, a split condom, or a missed pill. 

There are 2 types of emergency contraception:

  • the emergency contraceptive pill - Levonelle or ellaOne (the "morning after" pill)
  • the intrauterine device (IUD or coil)

Read more about emergency contraception on the NHS website including the facts about emergency contraception, who can use them, side effects, and how they work.

Access free emergency contraception

Sexual and reproductive health pharmacy: You can access free emergency contraception at a sexual and reproductive health pharmacy.

For your nearest pharmacy, use the Find Sexual Health directory to search for a pharmacy in Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham using your postcode.

Sexual Health London (SHL): You can access free emergency contraception online on the SHL website.