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Emergency Contraception (EC) is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy—and it's available at our health centers at no cost, so it's easy to be prepared. Just in case.


EC (aka "Plan B") can prevent pregnancy up to five days after sex. (However, it is most effective if used in the first 72 hours.) Have some on hand in case you need it: you can get EC at our health centers at no cost in AlbanyTroy and Hudson. We have Ella, which is a prescription brand of emergency contraception and a patient will need to see a provider. Click here to make an appointment online, or call 1-800-230-PLAN. Everyone can use some back-up.

What EC is
It is the same hormone found in many birth control pills. It is used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. Many people know it as "Plan B" or "the morning after pill."

Want to learn more? Listen to our Podcast episode on Emergency Contraception HERE.

What EC isn't
It is not RU486 (the "abortion pill") nor is EC routine birth control. It should only be taken in emergencies. It will not protect you from sexually transmitted infections.

Where can you get EC*?

  • Planned Parenthood Health Centers: click here to find the clinic nearest to you
  • Toll free hotline: call 1-800-NOT2LATE
  • Your local pharmacy

Remember, EC is a Back Up. Do you have a reliable method of birth control?
EC is not routine birth control. It should only be taken in emergencies. It will not protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STI's). If you are using EC then you have had unprotected sex and possibly exposed yourself to an STI. Please make an appointment at Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood today to get tested. Click here to make an appointment online.

Birth Control
There are many methods of reliable birth control. Let Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood help you find the right method of birth control for you! We can help you get free or low-cost birth control, yearly exams and testing for STI's. Click here to read more about the Family Planning Benefit Program and find out how you can get free services today!

For more information, call 1-800-230-PLAN.


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