Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception (EC) is birth control that prevents pregnancy after sex, which is why it is sometimes called “the morning after pill,” “the day after pill,” or “morning after contraception.” is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy — even after sex!

Use EC if:

Your contraception didn’t work
You had unprotected sex
You were forced to have sex

Emergency Contraception is not the same as an Abortion Pill. EC will not work if you are already pregnant!

Look for Plan B One-Step, Take Action, Next Choice One-Dose, My Way or other generics in the family planning aisle. That means anyone, male or female, can buy Emergency Contraception off the shelf without having to show ID.  Sometimes, these products still kept behind the pharmacy counter; if you don’t see EC in the family planning aisle, be sure to ask at the pharmacy. If someone refuses to sell it to you or asks you for ID, let us know about it.

ella is a different brand of pill (called ulipristal acetate). It’s just one pill that you take within 5 days of sex. ella is more effective than the other type of pill (Plan B One-Step, Take Action, etc.), especially on the 4th or 5th day after sex. If you want to use ella, you need a prescription no matter how old you are.

To find a Pharmacy that can write and fill a prescription for Emergency Contraception call first to make sure that the pharmacist on duty one with the special training.

For even more information, click here or call 1-888-NOT-2-LATE to find more about Emergency Contraception.

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