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How effective are emergency contraceptives?

Emergency contraceptives, often referred to as “the morning-after pill” 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…

How often can I take emergency contraceptives?

Emergency contraception, often referred to as “the morning-after pill”, 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…

What are the side effects of emergency contraception?

Most women will not have any side effects with emergency contraception, often referred to as “the morning-after pill”. 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,…

Do I need follow-up care after using emergency contraception?

Typically, you will not need any follow-up care. If your period is more than one week late after taking emergency contraception, often referred to as “the morning-after pill”, you should take a pregnancy test. Remember, common pregnancy tests (using urine samples) are not accurate in the first 10 days of…

Can I take emergency contraception if I am breastfeeding?

If you are breastfeeding 100% of the time and your period has not yet returned, then you may not need emergency contraception, often referred to as “the morning-after pill”. Plan B® can be used safely during breastfeeding with no changes to your breastfeeding schedule. Ella® can also be used safely…

When Do I Need to Use Emergency Contraceptives?

Emergency contraception is a safe and effective option if you suspect your regular birth control method has failed in some way. There may come a time when you forget to take your daily dose of contraceptive or a barrier method (such as a condom) fails, increasing your pregnancy risk. Emergency…

Do I need a physical or pelvic exam before getting a birth control prescription?

The CDC guidelines specify that neither a physical nor pelvic examination is necessary before initiating contraceptives. One of the requirements prior to initiating a contraceptive, according to the CDC, is a recent blood pressure, which you have provided and a prescriber has evaluated along with the rest of your reported…

Can I use Nurx if I’ve never used birth control before?

Absolutely. Our medical providers are birth control experts and can help you find your best birth control option. Before they write you a prescription we ask important questions about your health to ensure we can prescribe birth control that will be safe and effective for you. Once you…

Is generic birth control any less safe or effective than the more expensive or brand names?

No, in order for a generic substitution to be made it must be proven to the FDA to be the same thing. These products have the same active ingredients, dosage forms, strengths, routes of administration and conditions of use as the brand name drugs, and are bioequivalent (meaning they act…

I Haven’t Gotten My Period and I’m a Few Days Into the Placebo Pills. Am I Pregnant?

Some women miss periods while on hormonal birth control, even when they are not pregnant. This is not abnormal or dangerous (although it is a little anxiety-producing!). However, if you go two or more months in a row without a period, or you miss your period after a month…

How do I change the time that I take my birth control pill?

If it is a combined hormone pill: The easiest way to switch the timing of your combination pill is to finish out your current pack on your current schedule and then start the next pack at the new time. If you can’t wait to move the timing of…

Am I Still Protected from Pregnancy During the Placebo Break of My Birth Control?

The placebo pills in your birth control pack have no hormones in them, but you are still protected from pregnancy during this seven-day break as long as you took the first 21 pills correctly. How to Take Birth Control Pills You should take one birth control pill daily at…

Will my progestin-only pill still be effective if I took it late?

Take the missed pill as soon as you remember. Then go back to taking the pill at your regular time. It is okay if this means you’ll take 2 pills in one day. If you were more than 3 hours late taking your pill, it is considered a “missed”…

Will my combination birth control pill still be effective if I took it late?

Less than 24 hours late If you are less than 24 hours late taking your pill, take your late pill as soon as you remember. Then continue taking the rest of your pills at your usual time. It’s okay if this means you’ll take 2 pills on the…

I didn’t take my placebos to skip my period, but my period showed up anyways. What happened?

Breakthrough bleeding (BTB) is much more common when using your pill to skip periods. This typically gets better within a few cycles as your body adjusts to the pill, but continues for some women long after they’ve been using their active pills continuously. If it’s been more than a…

I want to switch from one birth control brand to another, how do I do that and maintain pregnancy protection?

You can switch from one brand (or generic) to another immediately if you choose; you don’t even have to finish your current pack if you don’t want to. You can just start the new birth control when you receive it. As long as you have no days off between…

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