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Can I buy emergency contraception if I’m 16?

Short answer: yes. Anyone — no matter how old you are — can get Plan B One-Step, one brand of emergency contraception, over the counter without a prescription at a drugstore, Planned Parenthood health center, or family planning clinic. At most Planned Parenthood health centers, you can just walk in and get it.

All other brands of emergency contraception require you get a prescription from a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider if you’re 16 or younger. All women need a prescription for ella.

Since emergency contraception works better the sooner you take it, it’s a good idea to get emergency contraception before you need it just in case. That way you’ll have it on hand if an accident happens, and you won’t have to worry about running out to a drugstore or health center.


Tags: emergency contraception, morning after pill, plan b