Emergency Contraception

What You Need to Know About Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraceptive Options

If you are 17 or older, you may go to any pharmacy and purchase a pill without a prescription that will prevent pregnancy if you have just had unprotected intercourse.

This medication is marketed under the names Plan B and Next Choice. You will have to ask the pharmacist for them and show identification to establish your age. These pills work best in the first 24 hours after unprotected intercourse and reduce the average risk of pregnancy among users from 8% to 1%. These pills protect against pregnancy if taken within three days of unprotected sex. There are no scientific data to suggest that there would be an increased risk of birth defects or miscarriages if the pill fails or if a woman who is already pregnant takes it.

There is also a new pill that protects for up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse called Ella. Ella is only available by prescription, and you may call our office during office hours to get a prescription for Ella. You may also call A Woman’s Healing Center for a Plan B prescription (during office hours) if you are under 17, or if you need a prescription to have your cost covered by your health savings account (HSA).

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