Emergency Contraception information

Emergency hormonal contraceptive pill (EHC)


What is the emergency hormonal contraceptive pill?

The effectiveness of the emergency contraceptive pill decreases over time. If it is taken within 24 hours of having unprotected sex; it prevents 95% of pregnancies.


There are two types of EHC pill:


ellaOne is a newer type of emergency contraceptive pill that can be taken up to five days (120 hours) after having unprotected sex. It is available from our service.



Levonelle is the most commonly used. It can be taken up to three days (72 hours) after having unprotected sex. 

The effectiveness of Levonelle decreases over time. If it is taken within 24 hours of having unprotected sex; it prevents 95% of pregnancies. That’s why you need to get EHC as soon as possible!

Many pharmacies are now able to offer emergency contraception for sale. Some pharmacies are part of the scheme able to offer free emergency contraception for 13 – 21 year olds. As you will need a consultation with the pharmacist; it is advisable to telephone first to make sure someone is available to see you.

Please see the below list of pharmacies across the county that are part of the scheme offering free emergency contraception for 13 – 21 year olds.



Lloyds Pharmacy, 56 High Street, Billingshurst RH14 9NY
01403 782668

Boots, 108 Felpham Road, Felpham, Bognor Regis PO22 7PP
01243 823423

Boots, 47 London Road, Bognor Regis PO21 1PQ
01243 821044

Day Lewis Pharmacy, Maywood Healthcare Centre, 225 Hawthorn Road
01243 823461

Lloyds Pharmacy, 47 Queensway, Bognor Regis, PO21 1QN
01243 867452

Kamsons Pharmacy, 11 Royal Parade, Central Avenue, North Bersted, Bognor Regis
01243 821721

Hopkins Pharmacy, 29 Station Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9DE
01444 233277

Kamsons Pharmacy, 13a Eastgate Square, Chichester PO19 1JL
01243 782194

Stephens Pharmacy, 7 The Ridgeway, Sherbourne Road, Parklands, Chichester PO19
01243 782695

Kamsons Pharmacy, 8 Furnace Parade, Furnace Green, Crawley RH10 6NX
01293 528107

Kamsons Pharmacy, 12-14 Broadfield Barton, Crawley RH11 9BA
01293 535000

Lloyds Pharmacy, 9 Tilgate Parade, Tilgate, Crawley RH10 5EH
01293 525495

Day Lewis Pharmacy, 7 The Parade, North End, London Road, East Grinstead
01342 313840

Lloyds Pharmacy, 86 High Street, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks BN6 9PX
01273 832244

Boots, 1 Swan Walk, Horsham RH12 1HQ
01403 253053

Day Lewis Pharmacy, The Park Surgery, Albion Way, Horsham RH12 1BG
01403 263395

Rudgwick Pharmacy, 22 Martlet Court, Church Street, Rudgwick, Horsham RH12 3HA
01403 823791

Cokeham Pharmacy, 2-3 Inglecroft Court, Cokeham Road, Sompting, Lancing BN15 0AN
01903 753454

Boots, 14 Finisterre Way, Beaumont Park, Littlehampton BN17 6RA
01903 721849

Boots, 149-151 High Street, Selsey PO20 0QB
01243 602217

Bakhai, 7-11 East Street, Shoreham-By-Sea BN43 5ZE
01274 461951

Boots, 40-44 High Street, Shoreham By Sea BN43 5DA
01273 453067

Day Lewis Pharmacy, 10 Brunswick Road, Shoreham-By-Sea BN43 5WB
01273 453309

Greens Chemist, 1-3 St MaryS Road, Shoreham By Sea BN43 5ZA
01273 464139

Paydens Pharmacy, Steyning Health Centre, Tanyard Lane, Steyning BN44 3RJ
01903 815615

Lloyds Pharmacy, 1 North Street, Storrington RH20 4DJ
01903 742313

Boots, Unit A, Lyons Farm Retail Park, Worthing BN14 9LA
01903 205834

Kamsons Pharmacy, 22-24 Broadwater Street West, Worthing, BN14 9DA
01903 201670

Lime tree Pharmacy, Lime Tree Avenue, Worthing BN14 0DL
01903 694143

Paydens Pharmacy, 3-4 Broadwater Boulevard, Worthing, BN14 8JE
01903 201331

Superdrug Pharmacy, 42-46 Montague Street, Worthing BN11 3HE
01903 238962

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