Emergency contraception in Canterbury

Just in case you might need it, we’ve got some details on where to get emergency contraception in Canterbury. 

Despite The University Paper reporting that CCCU rank 105th for students having the most sex, some people are still getting busy.

Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancies after unprotected sex or if your method of contraception has failed i.e if your condom splits or you miss a pill.  It’s important to remember that emergency contraception does not prevent STI’s.

There are two forms of emergency contraceptives:

1. The morning after pill

The morning after pill can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex but it is more effective the sooner you take it.

Below is a map showing where you can find the morning after pill and sexual health clinics in Canterbury.

2. The coil

The coil can be used as an emergency contraceptive but only if it is inserted within five days after unprotected sex.  To have a coil fitted you need to make an appointment with your doctor or visit a clinic.  The coil also has a lower failure rate than the morning after pill according to NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).

It can also be used as a more permanent method of contraception as it can protect you for between 5 to 10 years.

What can you do if you’re too late?

If you’re too late for emergency contraception, you can get advice on what to do next by ringing Kent County Council’s helpline on 0300 790 0245.  Or if you’d prefer you could visit a clinic near you which can be found in the map above.

CCCU students can also contact our Student Support services in Augustine House or by phone on 01227 922675 or email studentwellbeng@canterbury.ac.uk.

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Rebecca Sheeres

Rebecca is Unified’s Features Editor and a third year Multimedia Journalism student. Her work has been featured on KentLive, Kent Online and Culture Trip. She also co-hosts CSRfm’s Sunday Best show and is an equal rights activist.

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