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Emergency Contraception Pills

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How do I use it?

You can use Emergency Contraception Pills if you think your method didn’t work or one wasn’t used during sex. Take them as soon as possible after
unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. Emergency Contraception Pills cannot cause an abortion.

How effective is it?

Depending on the type you get, you can take Emergency Contraception Pills up to 3-5 days after unprotected sex. The sooner you take them, the more effective they are. Generally, pills with ulipristal acetate are more effective than ones that have levonorgestrel.

What I might like...

  • Plan B® and other Emergency Contraception pills with Levonorgestrel are available over-the-counter at pharmacies and drugstores
  • You can buy the over-the-counter pills ahead of time and save them for when you need them
  • There are many kinds to choose from

What I might dislike...

  • Your body weight might make Emergency Contraception pills less effective. Talk with your provider about what type of pill is best for you if your BMI is over 30.
  • You might get spotting, cramping, nausea, headaches, fatigue or dizziness with the pills the first few days
  • Your next period after taking Emergency Contraception might be unpredictable
  • You won't be protected from STIs