Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception, also known as the morning-after pill, or Plan B, is a safe and effective way to reduce your risk of pregnancy up to five days after unprotected sex. 

You may want to use Emergency Contraception if:

  • The condom broke or slipped off
  • You missed two or more birth control pills
  • Your diaphragm or cervical cap slipped out of place
  • You weren't using any birth control
  • You were forced to have unprotected vaginal sex

EC will only be effective if a woman is not already pregnant.  It does not affect an existing pregnancy.  Emergency Contraception is not Mifepristone (the "Abortion Pill") and does not cause an abortion. When used within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected intercourse, EC can reduce your risk of pregnancy by 89%. The sooner you take EC the bettter.

Affordable EC is always available at Planned Parenthood — and if you're 17 or older you can get it without a prescription! Use our health center locator to find the Planned Parenthood health center closest to you. (Teens younger than 17 can still get it with a prescription.)



Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is a tax exempt 501 (c)(3) organization. Federal ID Number: 03-0222941

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