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Do You Have to Be 18 to Buy the Morning-After Pill?

Anyone can buy the morning-after pill regardless of age. It is available on store shelves at most local pharmacies and major retailers. It is also available online at Nurx™.

What Is the Morning-After Pill?

The morning-after pill is a type of emergency contraception that helps to prevent pregnancy after having unprotected sex. The term was originally used to describe Plan B One-Step, a well-known brand of emergency contraception. However, it has since been extended to include similar pills like Ella and Take Action.

Morning-After Pill Age Restrictions

There are no age restrictions for progestin-only morning-after pills, including:

  • Plan B One-Step
  • Take Action
  • Aftera
  • My Way

The FDA first approved Plan B One-Step for over-the-counter sale with no age restrictions in June 2013. Later, the generic versions of the pill (Take Action, Aftera, and My Way) were also approved for over-the-counter sale to people of any age. If the packaging on one of these products states that it is only available for women ages 17 and older, it is not correct.

Some forms of the morning-after pill that do not include progestin-only formulas, like Ella, are available by prescription only.

How to Buy the Morning-After Pill

The morning-after pill is available at most local pharmacies and drugstores. You can also get it from major retailers like Target, Walmart, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS. These types of progestin-only emergency contraception are available on store shelves and are usually located in the family planning aisle. Some college campuses even have vending machines that dispense the morning-after pill.

It’s best to buy the morning-after pill locally if you recently had unprotected sex. If you want to discreetly stock up on emergency contraception for future use, you can also purchase Plan B One-Step online from Nurx. No prescription is required, and since Nurx works with a long list of healthcare providers, part of the cost may be covered.

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