Myths About Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception prevents pregnancies. You can take emergency contraception if you have had unprotected sex and used other contraceptives wrong, haven’t used contraceptives or the condom broke.

Here are some myths about emergency contraception:

It is the same as abortion: Emergency contraception prevents pregnancies, and doesn’t interfere with existing pregnancies. The pill will suppress an ovulation, making it harder for the egg to be fertilized. If you take a pill, but are already pregnant, it will not harm the fetus.

You need a prescription: Plan B is now available to women of any age over-the-counter. Ella is available to all ages, but only with a prescription.

You don’t need to rush to take it: It is recommended to take it 72 hours after unprotected sex, but the pill is most effective within 12 hours. The prescription-only pill Ella can be taken after 5 days.

It is unsafe: The side effects can be more or less the same as any birth control pills. The potential health risks of an unplanned pregnancy are higher than any potential harm from the morning-after pill.

You can use it instead of regular birth control: Regular use of birth control, such as condoms and pills, is more effective to prevent pregnancies. Emergency contraception is also more expensive, $50. So it’s cheaper to use other contraceptives.

You can’t take it more than once: It won’t do any harm taking it more than once, but do not use it instead of birth control. Still, it is not recommended to use it more than once.

They protect against STDs/STIs: If you’ve had unprotected sex neither of the different emergency contraceptives will protect you against infections or sexual transmitted diseases. Condoms are the only form of birth control that will protect you against it.

They encourage promiscuity: There are no evidence to that being a fact. A British study found that teaching 3000 teens between 14 and 15 about emergency contraception did not change their sexual behavior or the way they thought about it.