Emergency Contraception

Effectiveness: 75-89%

One or two pills taken up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse or a Copper T IUD inserted within 5 days of unprotected sex.It is less effective than other hormonal types of contraception. EC should be used for emergencies only! Please note that EC is not the “abortion pill,” it cannot cause an abortion, nor will it harm an established pregnancy. It works by preventing ovulation and disrupting the menstrual cycle.

 
Availability: Anyone aged 17 or older can get EC over the counter at a pharmacy. They will need to show an ID and will have to pay for it. Prices range from $35-70. Not all pharmacies carry it.

Cause of Failures:
  • EC is not obtained/used within 5 days of unprotected sex
  • If the egg was fertilized before the user takes the EC, pregnancy may still occur

STI Prevention: None
 

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