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Emergency Contraception

What’s the Difference Between the Morning After Pill and the Abortion Pill?

The morning after pill is used after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy from occurring, while the abortion pill is used to terminate a pregnancy that has already happened. Unfortunately, the two get confused as many people are unaware of how emergency contraception works. The Morning After Pill The morning after…

Where Can I Buy the Morning After Pill?

You can buy the morning after pill at many local pharmacies and also online at Nurx. The morning after pill is one-time contraception that is not used as a replacement for typical birth control methods. You will get one pill per prescription and will need to order…

How Can I Tell if the Morning After Pill Worked?

The only way to know if the morning after pill has been effective at preventing pregnancy is if your next period arrives when it should. The morning after pill works by delaying ovulation so that you don’t release an egg for remaining sperm in your system to fertilize. Since sperm…

How do emergency contraceptives work?

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.

What is the difference between ella® and Plan B®?

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…

How long after unprotected sex can I take emergency contraceptives?

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.

Do you offer overnight delivery for emergency contraceptives?

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.

Can you send emergency contraception to my local pharmacy?

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…

How effective are emergency contraceptives?

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®…

How often can I take emergency contraceptives?

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…

What are the side effects of emergency contraception?

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…

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, 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…

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. 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…

When do I need to use emergency contraceptives?

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…

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