Planned Parenthood

Illinois

Emergency Contraception (EC) at a Glance

Accidents happen. We understand. Here is some basic information about emergency contraception (EC):

  • EC is birth control you can use to prevent pregnancy up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex.
  • There are three types of emergency contraception—the copper IUD (ParaGard) and two types of the the morning-after pill.
  • EC is safe and effective.
  • The copper IUD is available at all Planned Parenthood of Illinois health centers.
  • The morning after pill is available at all Planned Parenthood of Illinois health centers and most drugstores.
  • The cost varies from $30 to $65 for the morning-after pill and $500 to $900 for copper IUD insertion.
  • Many insurance carriers cover all or a significant portion of the cost of emergency contraception.
  • If you do not have health insurance, some of our health centers have financial assistance programs to help you get the type of emergency contraception you need when you need it.
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Emergency Contraception (EC) at a Glance