Plan B (Emergency Contraception)
Plan B (aka emergency contraception)
Plan B 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. Plan B is not an abortion pill. It will not harm or end a pregnancy; it will only work to prevent a pregnancy.
If you are sexually active and do not want to become pregnant, we recommend having back-up Plan B just in case. If you have questions, ask us online or call to make an appointment or just walk-in to get Plan B for you or your partner. Click here to find a pharmacy close to you that has Plan B.
How is it used?
Plan B can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected vaginal sex. One pill is swallowed.
How well does it work?
If Plan B 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 Plan B is taken, the more effective it is in preventing pregnancy. Plan B does not prevent against any STIs!
Where can someone get it?
People of all ages can get Plan B over-the-counter at most pharmacies. People can walk in to Teen Clinic or our adult clinic whenever we are open to pick up Plan B. Partners can get also get Plan B, but only female-bodied people take the pill.
How much does it cost?
For patients under 18, Plan B is always free! Teen Clinic patients over 18 can access Plan B for $0- $3, depending on their income.