Glastonbury Health Centre

Family planning

These are held across Somerset and are by appointment (please call 0300 124 5010 to arrange an appointment).  If you are unable to attend one of the clinics, all of the doctors are happy to give contraceptive advice in their routine surgeries.

Emergency Contraception (Post-Coital Pill/IUD)

The post-coital pill has to be given within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse (the earlier the better).

1.   The sooner you take emergency contraception after unprotected sexual intercourse the more effective it is.

  • Within first 24 hours 95%
  • Within 48 hours 85%
  • Within 72 hours 58%

2.   If you are given emergency contraception pills these will be called Levonelle if you request them from a pharmacy, or Levonelle 2 if you receive them from a surgery or young people’s clinic.

3.   If you have left it more than 72 hours, you can still have a coil (IUD) fitted up to five days after unprotected sexual intercourse. Contact either your own doctor or the young adult clinic, as soon as possible, to make arrangements.

4.   It is important to see a health professional (doctor or nurse) for family planning advice as soon as possible after taking emergency contraception to arrange a method of regular contraception.

Note: If you do not have a period within two to three weeks after taking emergency contraception you must see a health professional (doctor or nurse) as you may be pregnant.

Date published: 8th February, 2021
Date last updated: 23rd May, 2023