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Emergency contraception

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 and thicken cervical mucus, just like regular birth control pills. However, emergency contraception is NOT meant to be taken as regular birth control because it contains a high dose of hormones. Also, it is not an abortion pill. It will not harm or end a pregnancy; it will only help delay ovulation to reduce the risk of a pregnancy.

How it's used

One pill is taken up to 5 days after unprotected vaginal sex.

How well does it work?

Although this pill 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. There are several different types of emergency contraception, including Plan B and Ella. Most brands can lower your chance of getting pregnant by 75-89% if you take it within 3 days after unprotected sex.

How do I get it?

Depending on the type of emergency contraception you want, you can either buy the pill at a pharmacy/grocery store, or you can get a prescription for a pill called Ella. Plan B normally costs around $45-50 at the store, but if you come into Teen Clinic, you can get it for $0-20 depending on whether you've been seen at our clinic before. No appointment needed if you're picking up emergency contraception!

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