My question is about the emergency contaceptive pills. So me and my girlfriend had sex and she got the pill after 2 hours…

…will that reduce the chance of her getting pregnant?

Emergency contraception (EC) is a hormonal emergency birth control method used to effectively prevent pregnancy. The hormones prevent ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – and thicken cervical mucus. EC is not an abortion pill. It will not harm or end a pregnancy; it will only work to prevent a pregnancy.

EC can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected vaginal sex.

If EC is taken within the first 24 hours after unprotected sex, it is 89% effective. If taken on the fifth day after unprotected sex, it is 75% effective. The sooner EC is taken, the more effective it is in preventing pregnancy.

With that being said, your partner can also take a pregnancy test 14 days after unprotected sex to get an accurate result.

Emergency contraception should be used as a back-up plan if your primary form of birth control fails. In order to effectively reduce the risk of pregnancy, on must use contraception and/or condoms consistently. There are many hormonal methods of birth control (found here) that will be up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy!

There are also non-hormonal and barrrier methods that can help reduce the risk of pregnancy and STI transmission.

Give us a call if your partner would like to get started on a birth control method or if you have any other questions. 303-442-5160.