Emergency Contraception is a birth control method used to reduce the risk of a pregnancy if you had unprotected sex. The hormones in this pill delay ovulation (when the ovaries release an egg) and thicken cervical mucus. Emergency Contraception is not meant to be taken as regular birth control and 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 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 you take it, 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 Contraceptionat most pharmacies and grocery stores without a prescription. You can also walk in to Teen Clinic or our adult clinic whenever we are open to pick it up.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
For existing Teen Clinic patients, Emergency Contraception costs anywhere from $0-$5. For teens who are not patients (i.e., you haven’t been seen at the clinic before) it will be $20.
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.