Emergency Contraception

About Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception is a secondary or ‘back-up’ method of contraception that can help prevent pregnancy up to 72 hours after unprotected sex occurs.

Emergency contraception is available over the counter from pharmacists, and from GPs and family-planning clinics. For more information on emergency contraception click here.

From the 1st July 2017, medical card holders will be able to obtain EHC directly from a pharmacy, free of charge, without having to go to their GP for a prescription first.

Emergency Contraception Campaign

The Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme, in conjunction with the HSE National Communications Unit and the Irish Pharmacy Union, has launched a new campaign to increase awareness of emergency hormonal contraception as a secondary method of preventing crisis pregnancy. The campaign consists of advertising in pharmacies nationwide, posters in colleges, pubs and clubs and an online search campaign.

Infomation on emergency contraception is also featured on the Programme’s sexual health and contraception information site: www.thinkcontraception.ie.

You can download or order copies of emergency contraception advertising materials and leaflets here.

For international information on emergency contraception (EC) visit, the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception website http://www.emergencycontraception.org/.

The International Consortium for Emergency Contraception is promoting the Programme’s EC campaign on www.emergencycontraception.org.

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