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If you had sex without using birth control, made a mistake using your method, or were sexually assaulted, there’s still a way to prevent pregnancy — but you have to act fast.

Emergency contraception is birth control you can use to prevent pregnancy up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex. It’s safe and effective. There are two types of emergency contraception: morning-after pills, and certain IUDs.

You can get some types of morning-after pills (like Plan B) without a prescription at drug stores, grocery stores, or Planned Parenthood health centers.

For other types of emergency contraception (like an IUD or ella), you need an appointment with or prescription from a Planned Parenthood health center or other doctor or nurse.


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The expert staff at your nearest Planned Parenthood health center can give you more information about emergency contraception, and help you get the morning-after pill or IUD.

We offer services in:

  • Levonorgestrel Morning-after Pill (Plan B and similar brands)

  • Ulipristal Acetate Morning-after Pill (Ella)

  • IUDs (Paragard, Mirena, and Liletta)

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