Emergency Contraception:
When should I visit a doctor?

What's Inside?

If you don't get your periods.

If you don’t get your period within a week of the expected date, take a pregnancy test and get a doctor’s appointment.

If you experience heavy bleeding.

  • Are you changing your sanitary products every hour or two?
  • Are you passing blood clots larger than 2.5 cm (about the size of a 10p coin)?
  • Are you bleeding through to your clothes or bedding?
  • Do you need to use 2 sanitary products together (for example, tampons and pads)?

If you suspect symptoms of an infection.

Symptoms such as increased vaginal discharge, burning, foul smelling vaginal discharge, burning during urination or abdominal pain may be suggestive of infections.

You should also look out for symptoms such as severe nausea and vomiting, dizziness or loss of consciousness.