Emergency Contraception is commonly known, as “Plan B”, “Next Choice“, “ella” or “Morning After Pill”
About Emergency Contraception
Emergency contraception is NOT the same as abortion. Instead, EC prevents conception of a pregnancy. Since sperm can remain active in the body for up to 5 days, EC reduces risk of pregnancy by preventing ovulation (the releasing of an egg from the ovaries). If ovulation has already begun and pregnancy occurs, EC will not work, and you will remain pregnant.
Women and men of any age can purchase most EC brands (Plan-B, Next Choice and generics) over-the-counter, at a local pharmacy, without a prescription or ID.
EC can be purchased with substantial savings from your local Summit Center or order EC to be delivered to your home by clicking the button below; order up to 4 packages for one delivery fee.
EC can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected intercourse!
You should consider taking Emergency Contraception if:
- You did not use birth control or you forgot to take your birth control pills, patch, or ring on time
- You are on antibiotics/medications that could decrease the effectiveness of your birth control
- Your partner suggested that “pulling out” was a safe method of protection from pregnancy. (“Pulling out” will NOT protect you from pregnancy. “Pre-ejaculation” contains semen which is released during early stages of arousal, far before ejaculation.)
- You were forced to have unprotected intercourse
- You used a condom, but it broke or slipped off
How to use Emergency Contraception:
- Purchase and take EC as soon as possible after unprotected sex. Sooner is better, though you may take EC up to 5 days after intercourse. Follow the instructions that come with your EC. For most brands, simply take one or two pills at one time.
- Since some women get slightly nauseous when taking EC, we recommend eating before taking EC.
- After taking EC, your period may be slightly irregular. It may be later or earlier than expected, or you may notice spotting throughout the month. This is common. If you do not get a regular period after three weeks of taking EC, take a pregnancy test. Contact your local Summit Center about free walk-in pregnancy testing.