Get Emergency Contraception

1. Make your Request
Answer a few health questions and submit your request.

2. Real Doctors Review
Our medical providers will evaluate your needs, then write a prescription just for you.

3. Get your Prescription
Your prescription will be sent directly to you, or be available at a local pharmacy for pickup.

Get the Facts about Emergency Contraception

If you think you need emergency contraception, you must act fast

Get the Facts about Emergency Contraception

1 Pill per order (no refills)

The “morning after pill” works by temporarily stopping your ovary from releasing an egg. Without an egg to fertilize, you can’t get pregnant.

If you think you need emergency contraception, you must act fast
To be most effective, emergency contraception should be taken as soon as possible – at least within 5 days after unprotected sex.

Choose either pill to get started
We offer Plan B and Ella, but your best option will depend on timing, drug availability, and your answers to a few health questions.

We’re here for you, every step of the way
Our medical team will review your request, and provide options based on what we can deliver or can have fulfilled at your local pharmacy.

  • One-time pregnancy prevention
  • Don’t wait. Take it immediately
  • More effective the sooner it’s taken
  • Does not work if you are already pregnant

1 Pill per order (no refills)

The most effective type of morning-after pill, Ella can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex.

Ella works just as well at preventing pregnancy when taken immediately after unprotected sex, as it does on day 5.

Ella is a good option if you are over 175 pounds or have a BMI greater than 35.


1 Pill per order (no refills)

More affordable and widely used, Plan B works best when taken within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected sex.

While it can be taken up to 5 days after, it is more effective at preventing pregnancy when taken sooner.

Plan B is a good option when you’ve forgotten to take the Pill or to replace your Patch or Ring on time.

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Q & A with Dr. Katie Chung

Our emergency contraception specialist answers all your questions.

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. Most of our requests for emergency contraception are processed the same day that they are ordered. 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.

  • If you have sex without a condom or if the condom breaks, slips, or falls off.
  • If you have sex and have missed more than 2 days (48 hours) in a row of your combined hormonal contraceptives (pill, patch, or ring).
  • If you have sex and are more than 3 hours late taking the progesterone only pill.
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