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Where to get contraception

Contraception services are free and confidential on the NHS.

You can get contraception, including emergency contraception, for free from:

  • sexual health clinics, also called family planning or contraception clinics
  • some GP surgeries
  • some young people's services (call the national sexual health helpline on 0300 123 7123 for more information)

Getting the pill without a prescription

Some pharmacies offer the contraceptive pill for free without you needing to see a doctor or nurse for a prescription.

Find a pharmacy that offers the contraceptive pill without a prescription

Where to buy contraception

You also do not need a prescription to buy:

  • condoms from pharmacies, supermarkets or online
  • the emergency contraceptive pill (morning after pill) from some pharmacies
  • the progestogen-only pill (mini pill) from some pharmacies

Getting contraception if you’re under 16

Contraception is free and confidential, including for young people under the age of 16.

The doctor or nurse will not tell anyone, including your parents or carer, unless they think you or someone else is at risk of harm.

Page last reviewed: 12 February 2024
Next review due: 12 February 2027