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 have to ask the pharmacist for EC; it will not be on the store shelves. Instead it will be kept behind the pharmacy counter.
Emergency contraception is an emergency measure only. Emergency contraception choices include Plan B One Step and First Choice which are available without a prescription for women age 17 and older. In order to obtain these medications, a photo ID must be shown to the pharmacist including at the Health Center pharmacy. Women under the age of 17 must obtain a prescription from a medical provider.
Men 17 and older, with a photo ID, may purchase these medications for their female partners.
New emergency contraceptive approved foruse up to 5 days after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.
There is now another form of emergency contraception medication called ella. This one-pill regimen is a progestin hormone that prevents pregnancy by 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.
More information: http://www.cc.princeton.edu