Ella is prescription-only and works up to 5 days after unprotected sex. Some pharmacies do not reliably stock ella®, so if you are requesting this pill, we recommend that you call your pharmacy to make sure they have it available.
Plan B and generic versions are available without a prescription and work for up to 3 days after unprotected sex.
Need emergency contraception right away? A Nurx provider can call in a request to your local pharmacy.
Planning ahead? Our pharmacy will send Plan B and Ella to your doorstep in discreet packaging.
RIGHT NOW! When you fill out your request we’ll ask for contact info for a pharmacy near you, and a Nurx medical provider will call in a prescription for you to pick up. You should know that Plan B, and generic versions, are available over-the-counter at most pharmacies. However, you may feel more comfortable having a Nurx provider prescribe Plan B so you can pick it up from the pharmacist. In some cases you can use insurance to pay for Plan B if you do it this way. Ella is prescription-only and works up to 5 days after unprotected sex. Some pharmacies do not reliably stock ella®, so if you are requesting this pill, we recommend that you call your pharmacy first to make sure they have it available. If we write you a prescription for emergency contraception you will pay $15 to Nurx for the medical consultation and will pay for the medication at the pharmacy, with or without insurance. I WANT EC ON HAND JUST IN CASE It’s smart to have emergency contraception on hand in case a condom breaks or you forget to take your birth control pills. When you request EC to have on hand, a Nurx medical provider will write a prescription for either Plan B or Ella, then our pharmacy will fill it and send it to you, with free shipping and in discreet packaging. We will bill your insurance if you have it, and offer affordable pricing if you don’t (see chart below).
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Get emergency contraception for free with insurance or as little as $20 without insurance. We also charge a $15 medical consultation fee, which covers unlimited access to our medical team for consultations relating to your emergency contraception, so you can ask any questions you might have about it. *Please check your insurance coverage; you may be subject to co-pays or deductibles that vary from the estimated pricing listed here. If you plan to pick up your prescription at a local pharmacy please contact your pharmacy to confirm pricing. **The $15 medical consultation fee does not cover the medication itself, and is not covered by insurance.
Prescription-only Ella can be taken up to 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex. It may be more effective than Plan B for women who weigh more than 165 pounds. Note: If you take birth control pills the medication in Ella might make your birth control pills ineffective, so you should use a back-up (like condoms) if you have sex within 7 days of restarting your birth control pills.
Plan B works when taken within 72 hours (three days) of unprotected sex, and is more effective at preventing pregnancy the sooner you take it. If you weigh more than 165 pounds Plan B might be less effective for you, so our medical team recommends Ella instead (see above). Please note, Plan B and generic versions are available over-the-counter in most states, but if Nurx prescribes it to you your insurance may cover the cost. But if you need emergency contraception right away and have access to a local pharmacy that sells Plan B then that is probably your best option.
We make it easy for you to get your medication quickly, discreetly, affordably, and without judgement. By removing the pain points around access to emergency contraception, we've got you covered when it really counts.
Emergency contraceptives, like Plan B® and Ella®, work by blocking your ovaries from ovulating. If you do not release an egg during ovulation, you cannot get pregnant. Emergency contraception is not an abortion pill and will not work if you are already pregnant.
Plan B® is currently FDA approved for use up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex. Ella® is FDA approved for use up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex.
Most research shows that overall, ella® is more effective than Plan B® for most women. ella® is equally effective throughout the 5 days after unprotected sex, but Plan B® is less effective with time (ex. more effective at 24 hours than after 48 hours).
Plan B® is more effective the sooner that you take it, so the longer you wait, the less likely it is to work. Ella® has been shown to work for up to 5 days after unprotected sex and is not less effective with time.
Unfortunately, we do not offer overnight delivery. In order to make sure that you are able to get emergency contraceptives as quickly as possible, we will send the prescription to a local pharmacy of your choice for you to pick up.
Yes. When we call in a prescription for emergency contraception to a pharmacy it is usually processed the same day that we order it. Some pharmacies do not reliably stock ella®, so if you are requesting this pill, we recommend that you call your pharmacy to make sure they have it available.
If you did not have unprotected sex and just want to have emergency contraceptives on hand, just in case, we can deliver these directly to you.
Emergency contraceptives are about 58-94% effective at preventing pregnancy. The range is so large because when taken at the right time, emergency contraception is very effective. However, some women are unable to access the medication until it’s almost too late.
Ella® is slightly more effective than Plan B®. Plan B® is more effective the faster you are able to take it (for example, it’s more effective if taken 3 hours after unprotected sex rather than 48+ hours after).
Emergency contraceptive should not be used as regular birth control. Though there are no known health risks, regularly taking emergency contraceptives can result in increased side effects (like irregular bleeding).
If you find that you need emergency contraception more than 2 or 3 times per year, we recommend that you consider starting regular birth control which is much more effective (up to 99% effective when used as directed) compared to emergency contraception (ranges from 58%-94% effective).
Most women will not have any side effects with emergency contraception. Sometimes, emergency contraception can cause spotting or irregular bleeding about one week before or after your regularly scheduled period. Other possible side effects are nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, breast soreness, or cramping for 1 to 2 days after taking emergency contraception. If you throw up within 2 hours of taking emergency contraception, then you may have lost the pill and you should consider taking another dose. Please contact us if you throw up your emergency contraception within 2 hours of taking it.
Typically, you will not need any follow-up care. If your period is more than one week late after taking emergency contraception, you should take a pregnancy test. Remember, common pregnancy tests (using urine samples) are not accurate in the first 10 days of pregnancy, which is why we recommend waiting until you are at least a week late.
If you are breastfeeding 100% of the time and your period has not yet returned, then you may not need emergency contraception.
Plan B® can be used safely during breastfeeding with no changes to your breastfeeding schedule. Ella® can also be used safely during breastfeeding. The CDC recommends that women delay breastfeeding for 24 hours after taking ella® as some of this medication is excreted in the breastmilk. The strongest concentration of ella® in the breastmilk occurs for 1 to 3 hours after taking it, so some providers recommend pumping and dumping only once. There are no known complications for babies who do breastfeed right after the mother has taken emergency contraception.
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Dr. Nancy ShannonMD, PhD
We know that no one has time to wait in line at the pharmacy. We know that seeing a doctor often isn't easy — on your schedule, wallet, or peace of mind. Our service makes it easy for anyone, regardless of circumstance, to get medication quickly, discreetly, and affordably. So we can all stay safe and in control of our own health, always.