To find a Family Planning Clinic in your area visit your campus nurse, check the notice board outside the Medical Room or see below. Family Planning Clinics provide free confidential advice on all aspects of sexual health: free pregnancy testing (with immediate results), cervical smears, well woman checks and emergency contraception. Both males and females are welcome to attend.
General information regarding contraception can be obtained from your Campus Nurse/Medical Room.
For more information visit the Family Planning website.
If you have had sex without using contraception, or think your contraception might have failed, there are different types of emergency contraception you can use. If you act quickly, emergency contraception can usually prevent a pregnancy.
Method 1 - Emergency Pill
Levonelle: This can be taken up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected intercourse. Levonelle is available from Family Planning Clinics and some Pharmacies free of charge. Please be aware that not all Pharmacists at the Pharmacies listed are able to provide this pill without a prescription.
ellaOne: This can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected intercourse and is available by prescription only from a GP or Family Planning Clinic.
Research has shown, the earlier either pill is taken the more effective it is.
Method 2 - The Copper IUD
This is fitted by a Doctor within 5 days of having unprotected intercourse. It is very effective in preventing pregnancy. It can also be used for long term contraception.
On Sundays and Bank Holidays, Emergency Contraception is available from some pharmacists or your out of hours GP Service.
Integrated Sexual Health (ISH) List and opening times for contraception
Worried about Sexually Transmitted Infections? Call (029) 20 335208 (Intergrated Sexual Health at Cardiff Royal Infirmary). If you need a smear, ask your GP or contact one of the clinics listed above. Emergency Contraception is available for 3 days and in some cases up to 5 days after having sex. It is more effective if used as soon as possible. Call your GP's out of hours service or one of the clinics listed above.