Emergency Contraception (aka the morning-after pill) is now available over the counter with no appointment necessary and it's the cheapest in town @ only $35!
Emergency Contraception can stop a pregnancy before it starts. (That means it's not the abortion pill.) It works up to five days, or 120 hours, after unprotected sex, but take it sooner rather than later to reduce the possibility of getting pregnant.
There are types of Emergency Contraception:
Ella - The newest form of EC in the U.S. is a one-pill formula available by prescription only. Ella blocks the hormones your body needs to conceive. Completely effective for 5 days after unprotected sex.
Plan B/Next Choice - Plan B/Next Choice works like birth control pills, but at a much higher dose and taken temporarily. Works up to 5 days after unprotected sex, but the sooner you take it - the better it works.
Plan B/Next Choice is a two-pill formula where you take one right away and the second within 12 hours. The newer version, called Plan B-One Step, is a bit more expensive (but it's just one pill).
IUD (Intrauterine Device) -
This is the most effective EC there is. At Planned Parenthood, we'll insert it within 5 days of the unprotected sex and lower your chance of pregnancy by 99.9%.
Questions? Call 1.800.230.PLAN for more information.
When do I need emergency contraception?
1. swept up in the moment
Maybe it was because of alcohol. Maybe you thought you could go without birth control just this once. Maybe you didn't think at all. No matter the reason, if you didn't use any protection during sex and now wish you had, EC might be right for you- as long as it's been fewer than 5 days since you had that unprotected encounter.
2. had a "oops" moment with my contraception
If the condom broke, or you forgot to take your pill, insert your ring, apply your patch, or if your diaphragm slipped - anything like that - you may want to take EC.
3. withdrawal gone wrong - he didn't pull out in time)
If he didn't pull out in time, that's another reason for EC.
4. scary situations
If you've been sexually assaulted or you had sex with someone who refused to use another form of contraception, consider Emergency Contraception.
Keep some on hand just in case
The sooner you take EC, the more effective it is. It's not a bad idea to keep a box on hand, just in case you need it. EC has a shelf life of up to 3 years.
How much does emergency contraception cost?
EC costs $35**
We accept cash, checks, credit and debit.
**For patients under the age of 17 purchasing the ELLA method only, there is an additional $10 copay for the office visit (so you'll need to call for an appointment).
Where can I get it?
Head into any Planned Parenthood location - just remember to bring a valid state ID when coming to purchase EC.
Find the health center nearest you or call 1.800.230.PLAN for more information.
What are the side effects of Emergency Contraception?
Positive Side Effects:
Positive "side effects?" Sure! There are actually a lot of things about emergency contraception that are good for your body as well as your sex life.
- Offers protection and peace of mind after a "whoops" moment
- It's safe to use. Women have been using it for 30 years
- Some emergency contraception options don't have the same potential negative side effects as the pill, because you don't take it continuously
- Even women who can't usually use hormonal methods for medical reasons can use EC once in a while
Negative Side Effects
Everyone worries about negative side effects, but for many women, they're not a problem. However, if you do experience side effects with EC, they'll probably go away after 24 hours.
- Can cause an upset stomach and vomiting
- Could cause breast tenderness, irregular bleeding, dizziness, and headaches
- Frequent use can lead to irregular periods.