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Emergency Contraception

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, often referred to as “the morning-after pill” is not an abortion pill and will not work if you are…

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…

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®…

How Long After Unprotected Sex Can I Take Emergency Contraceptives?

You can effectively use emergency contraceptives for three to five days after unprotected sex, depending on the pill you choose. Understand your options and how they work so you can pick the right pill for your needs. How do Emergency Contraceptives Work? Emergency contraceptives, also referred to as the “morning…

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

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…

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