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Emergency contraception
Health services in your school

If you're female and you have unprotected sex, you can get pregnant as soon as you start ovulating (releasing eggs). This can happen before you have your first period.

FACT - you CAN get pregnant:

  • the first time you have sex
  • at any time of the month
  • if your period hasn’t started yet
  • no matter what position you have sex, including standing up
  • even if you wash or jump up and down immediately after sex
  • if you don't have an orgasm (come)
  • if the boy says he'll be careful (boys can't stop themselves from leaking sperm before they come)

Check out more sex and pregnancy facts on the NHS Choices website.

Emergency contraception

This can prevent pregnancy if you've had unprotected sex, but should only be used in an emergency. It's not a replacement for regular contraception.

There are two types of emergency contraception:

1. The emergency contraceptive pill, also called the 'morning-after' pill, which must be taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. It's more effective the sooner it's taken.

2. The intrauterine device (IUD), which can be put into your uterus up to five days after unprotected sex.

You can get free emergency contraception from GPs, your school nurse, Sexual Health Wirral, Brook Advisory Centres, and most pharmacies.


Whether you are male or female, your life can suddenly be changed forever by pregnancy. A sexually active teen – male or female – who is not using any contraception, has a 90% chance of conceiving a pregnancy within one year.

Pregnancy can also happen if your usual contraception hasn't worked, for example condom failure or if you're on the Pill but have vomited or had diarrhoea.

Contraception only works if it's used correctly and consistently. Brook can also help you find the right contraception for you.

Think you might be pregnant?

If you're worried you might be pregnant, you should take a pregnancy test as soon as possible.

Free and confidential tests are available for young people at Brook, contraceptive clinics and from your GP or school nurse. You can also buy pregnancy testing kits from a pharmacy or supermarket. Your GP will also be able to help. They cannot tell your parents that you have had sex or taken a test, even if you're under 16.

Whatever the results of your test, the people mentioned above can offer you help and support. They can help you to get effective contraception if you're not pregnant, and can explain your options if you are pregnant.

What are the signs of pregnancy?

The first sign of pregnancy most girls and women notice is a missed period, but in order to know for sure, you'll need to take a pregnancy test. You can take a test the day your period is due, but if you're not sure when your period is due, do the test 21 days (three weeks) after you had unprotected sex.

Other signs of pregnancy include:

  • sore breasts
  • feeling sick or vomiting at any time of the day or night
  • feeling very tired
  • needing to wee often

If you're pregnant

If you're pregnant for the first time and are aged 19 or younger, you can self-refer yourself to the Family Nurse Partnership. Please call 0151 514 2494 and one of the nurses will explain the programme to you.


Please get support quickly to talk things through and work out what you want to do next. Get all of the information you need so that you can make the decision that's right for you. Don't delay getting support, and don't ignore your pregnancy as it won't go away.

Each of the services below can also be trusted to help you work out what you want to do:

  • Brook
  • school nurse (see below)
  • your GP

Talking to someone about how you feel can help. This could be a close relative, your doctor or school nurse, or a helpline such as Brook (0151 670 0177). You can also call the Sexual Health Helpline (0800 567 123).

Visit the Sexual Health section of this website to find details of sexual health services available in Wirral.

Health services in your school

Your secondary school will run a confidential drop-in health service, supporting you with any emotional, relationship, or sexual health issues you may have. For more info, please contact Michelle Langan on 0151 666 4123 or by email.

View the schools' weekly health timetable