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Emergency Contraception - The Morning After Pill

Afraid? Worried? Uncertain about last night?

 If you engaged in unprotected sex, you are at risk of becoming pregnant.

But there is something you can do.

Emergency contraception, also known as the morning after pill, is an emergency form of contraception. It can lower the risk of pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of intercourse. This method of prevention is 89% effective. However, the sooner after intercourse the pill is taken, the better. If taken within the first 24 hours after intercourse, it can reduce the risk of pregnancy by 95%.

Emergency Contraceptive pills are stocked by all major pharmacy chains, but be sure to phone ahead to make sure EC is available in your pharmacy. You will no longer have to ask the pharmacist for EC, it will now be on store shelves.

Emergency contraception is an emergency measure only. Emergency contraception choices including Plan B One Step will now be available for women of any age to have access to the emergency contraception product without a prescription. The generic version Next Choice has not yet been released by FDA for OTC use by all women. Court appeal process is pending.  Men may continue to purchase these medications for their female partners.

New emergency contraceptive approved for useup to 5 days after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.

There is now another form of emergency contraception medica­tion called ella. This one-pill regimen reduces the risk of pregnancy by interacting with the progesterone receptor and preventing the release of an egg (ovulation) for up to 5 days; this is important because sperm cells can live for as long as 5 days in a woman’s reproductive system. ella may also work by changing the uterine lining to prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the wall of the womb (implantation). A prescription is necessary for women of any age. Pregnancy must be ruled out before the medication may be taken.

Call 855-5001 for details or to ask questions.