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What’s the Difference Between OTC and Prescription Emergency Contraception?

The progestin-only morning-after pill is available over the counter. Another type of morning-after pill featuring a non-hormonal formula is available by prescription only. Both of these emergency contraception options are available online at Nurx.

Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception

Progestin-only emergency contraception, also known as the morning-after pill, is available over the counter. Anyone can buy it regardless of gender or age, and you do not need to show an ID to purchase it. The pill should be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex; the sooner you take it, the more effective it is.

The most well-known type of progestin-only morning-after pill is Plan B One-Step. This pill also has several generic forms, including New Day, Take Action, My Way, and Next Choice One Dose, which are also available over the counter.

Prescription Emergency Contraception

Ella is another option for the morning-after pill, but it’s available by prescription only. This pill uses ulipristal, a non-hormonal drug, to prevent pregnancy. It is considered to be more effective than progestin-only emergency contraception and can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex.

Where to Get Emergency Contraception

OTC emergency contraception options like Plan B One-Step are available in most pharmacies, drugstores, and major retailers, including CVS, Walgreens, Target, and Walmart. They are typically found in the family planning aisle.

You can pick up Ella at your local pharmacy. In most states, you need a prescription from a doctor to take Ella. However, some states, such as Alaska, California, Hawaii, and Maine, allow pharmacists to prescribe it.

Both options are available online at Nurx, with overnight shipping if you need it right away or ground shipping if you want to stock up in case you need it in the future.

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