(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
Red River Women's
Clinic is now offering the generic form of emergency contraception over the
counter for anyone 17 or older with proper ID for the low price of $35. Brand name EC is an average of $55-$65 in local pharmacies.
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
Red River Women's Clinic is
now offering the generic Emergency Contraception (Levonorgestrel 1.5mg
Tablet) for $35
This generic option is
available over the counter for those 17 years and older on a walk in basis
at our facility.
Brand name emergency contraception
or Plan B 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.