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What Is the Morning After Pill?

The morning after pill is a form of emergency contraception that can help prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. The morning after pill is not an abortion pill and will not end a pregnancy. Nurx™ offers both Plan B One-Step and Ella for emergency contraception.

How Does the Morning After Pill Work?

Plan B One-Step uses a high dose of levonorgestrel to prevent ovulation. Ella uses ulipristal acetate to stop ovulation. Both pills prevent your body from releasing an egg. If there’s no egg to fertilize, you cannot get pregnant. These pills are not effective if you are already pregnant and won’t work if you have unprotected sex after ovulating.

When Should I Take the Morning After Pill?

You should take the morning after pill as soon as possible after having unprotected sex. This pill is most effective when taken within 24 hours of having sex. Plan B One-Step can prevent pregnancy for up to three days after having sex. Ella works for up to five days after having sex.

How Do I Get the Morning After Pill From Nurx?

You can request a prescription for the morning after pill from your Nurx healthcare provider. Submit your request online and we will call in a prescription to your nearest pharmacy if you need it right away, or can send it to you if you just want to have it on hand to be prepared. Most requests for emergency contraception are processed the same day they are received so you can get Plan B One-Step or Ella quickly.

Some pharmacies do not stock Ella as reliably as Plan B One-Step, so you may want to call your pharmacy before requesting a prescription to find out what’s available. Even though Plan B is available over the counter, if you request a prescription through Nurx we can bill your insurance for the medication, likely saving you money.

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