Emergency Contraception (EC) is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy—and it's available at our health centers for $30, 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 for $30 in Albany, Troy and Hudson. We will also begin to carry Ella which is a prescription brand of emergency contraception and a patient will need to see a provider. Patients under 17 must see a nurse for a quick visit. Click here to request 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."
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 (prescription required if under 17)
*If you are under 17 you have to be seen for a quick nurse visit.
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 request an appointment online, or here to find health center contact information and hours listed by location.
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.