Emergency Contraception is a hormonal emergency birth control method used to delay ovulation to reduce the risk of a pregnancy. The hormones delay ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – and thicken cervical mucus. Emergency Contraception is not an abortion pill. It will not harm or end a pregnancy; it will only work to delay ovulation to reduce the risk of a pregnancy.
How is it used?
Emergency Contraception can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected vaginal sex. One pill is swallowed.
How well does it work?
Although Emergency Contraception can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex, the sooner someone takes Emergency Contraception, the more effective it will be in reducing the risk of pregnancy. Remember that Emergency Contraception does not prevent against any STIs!
Where can someone get it?
People of all ages can get Emergency Contraception over-the-counter at most pharmacies. People can walk in to Teen Clinic or our adult clinic whenever we are open to pick up Emergency Contraception. Partners can get also get Emergency Contraception, but only female-bodied people take the pill.
How much does it cost?
For existing Teen Clinic patients, Emergency Contraception is anywhere from $0-$5. For teens who are not patients, but want to get Emergency Contraception from Teen Clinic, it will be $20.
If you are sexually active and do not want to become pregnant, we recommend having back-up Emergency Contraception just in case. If you have questions, ask us online or call to make an appointment or just walk-in to get Emergency Contraception for you or your partner. Click here to find a pharmacy close to you that has Emergency Contraception.