(EC) is sometimes mistaken for the abortion pill, or Mifeprex. EC will
NOT end a pregnancy. If you are looking for information on the
abortion pill, please visit our Medication
WHAT IS IT?
contraception (EC), or the “morning-after pill,” is a dosage of pills that can
be taken up to 5 days after intercourse. If EC is administered within the
first 24 hours, it is more likely to effectively prevent a pregnancy from
occurring. Emergency contraception does not protect you from sexually
transmitted diseases or infections. It is also not recommended that EC be
used as your primary form of birth control, but as a back up when other options
of contraception are not available.
HOW DOES IT
Emergency contraception pills
contain the two hormones most commonly found in birth control pills: estrogen
and progestin. Just like birth control pills, emergency contraception can
prevent sperm from fertilizing an egg, stop or delay ovulation, and can prevent
a fertilized egg from attaching itself to the lining in your uterus.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS
contraception is taken within the first 24 hours following intercourse, there is
a greater chance that a pregnancy will be prevented. However, you can take
EC up to 5 days after intercourse and still effectively prevent a pregnancy.
The sooner you take the pills, the greater your chances are at preventing a
pregnancy from occurring.
WHERE CAN I GET EMERGENCY
Emergency contraception was just approved for over the counter use - however, it
may take some time for pharmacies to catch up with the ruling. At this
point - please call the pharmacy you wish to visit & ask them if they carry
emergency contraception. You may still have to ask for it at the pharmacy
and may have to show ID.
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