Occasionally your birth control is not always perfect, or you may have forgotten to take it as prescribed. Emergency contraception is effective methods used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. They should not be used frequently and do not prevent against sexually transmitted diseases
There are several options including:
• Cooper IUD (ParaGard): This IUD can be inserted by a healthcare provider up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse and is considered the most effective method available for emergency contraction. This method provides up to 10 years of long term protection against pregnancy after it is placed.
• Plan B or Next Choice: Emergency contraceptive pill that can be purchased behind the counter at the pharmacy for people age 17 or older. No prescription is needed. It should be taken within 72 hours, but can be used up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse. However, sooner is better! Not as effective in women who are overweight.
• Ella: Emergency contraceptive pill that is effective up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse. This method comes in a single tablet, and requires a prescription from a healthcare provider. Can be used effectively in women with a BMI less than 35.
How do they work?
Emergency contraceptive pills work by preventing pregnancy, never disrupts a current pregnancy. Nausea and vomiting may occur after taking.
Having a backup plan if your birth control method fails is very important. Please make an appointment with your health care provider today to discuss what emergency contraception options would work best for you