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How Long Does the Morning After Pill Work?

Plan B One-Step is effective for up to three days after having sex, and Ella provides emergency contraception up to five days after sex. It’s best to take the morning after pill as soon as possible after unprotected sex for the greatest chance of preventing pregnancy.

How Does the Morning After Pill Work?

Morning after pills like Ella and Plan B One-Step work by preventing ovulation. If there’s no egg to fertilize, you cannot get pregnant. If you have already ovulated, the morning after pill may not work. The pill does not terminate a pregnancy and so will not work if you are already pregnant.

When Should I Take the Morning After Pill?

You should take the morning after pill as soon as possible after having unprotected sex. The pill is most effective when taken within the first 24 hours. Request a prescription for Plan B or Ella as soon as you realize that you need it, or request it before you need it so you can have it on hand, just in case.

How Can I Get the Morning After Pill From Nurx™?

To make sure that you get your morning after pill as quickly as possible, our healthcare providers will call in a prescription to your nearest pharmacy. Some pharmacies don’t stock Ella as reliably as Plan B, so you may want to call your pharmacy first and ask what’s available. Nurx can also send you the morning after pill if you aren’t in a hurry and just want to have it on hand to be prepared. Requesting the morning after pill is quick and simple using the Nurx website.

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