Emergency Contraception

What is Emergency Contraception? Emergency contraception is birth control that prevents pregnancy after sex, which is why it is sometimes called "the morning after pill," or PLAN B." You can use emergency contraception right away - or up to five days after sex - if you think your birth control failed, you didn't use contraception, or you were made to have sex against your will.

Emergency contraception makes it much less likely you will get pregnant. But emergency contraceptives are not as effective as birth control that's used before or during sex, like the pill or condoms. So if you are sexually active or planning to be, don't use emergency contraception as your only protection against pregnancy. Also, emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, like HIV (only condoms do).

In the U.S., morning after pills are available without prescription for women and men 17 and older. EC will soon be available on the shelf without restrictions (most likely in July or August 2013), but this change has not taken effect yet.  You can purchase EC in a pharmacy but you need to see a pharmacist. If you are under the age of 17 you can see one of our providers to give you emergency contraception.

You can purchase emergency contraception here for $15.

We do not turn anyone away for inability to pay.


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