What is it?

Emergency contraception (EC) is birth control which can be used up to 120 hours after unprotected sex to prevent a pregnancy.  The brand name is Plan B-One Step.  It is also sometimes called “the morning after pill.”

EC contains a high dose of the same hormones found in birth control pills.

EC offers no protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

EC is not the same as the abortion pill and will not affect an existing pregnancy.

How effective is it?

EC is 75-89% effective in preventing pregnancy if taken within 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex, but is most effective within the first 24 hours.

Who should use it?

Anyone who wishes to reduce the possibility of pregnancy after unprotected sex or birth control failure.

It is not intended to be used in place of regular birth control.  Some brands of EC (Plan B One-Step and generics) are now available over the counter at drugstores. Ella requires a prescription.

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