What Is It? A safe, effective birth control method that prevents pregnancy after unprotected sex.
What Does It Do? Prevents a pregnancy after unprotected sex or birth control failure.
EC does not end a pregnancy and will not work if a woman is already pregnant.
Brand Name of Pill Next Choice®, Plan B One-Step™, ella®, and others.
What Happens to Your Body? Most women don't experience side effects from EC.

Some women have nausea, vomiting, headache, or dizziness for a short time after taking the pills. The next period may come a few days early or late.
How Much Does It Cost? EC costs $35 - $60 for one dose. Some insurance plans cover it, if it is prescribed by a doctor. In some states, Medicaid covers it.
Do Teens Have To Tell Their Parents? No.
Are There Any Other EC Options? Yes. A copper IUD (ParaGard®) can be inserted within 5 days of unprotected sex. This is more effective than EC pills, and the IUD can be an ongoing contraceptive method.
  Progestin EC
Next Choice®, Plan B One-Step™, etc
Ulipristal EC
What's In The Pills? Progestin, a hormone found in daily birth control pills. Ulipristal, a hormone that is not in regular birth control pills.
When Do You Take It? The sooner it is taken, the better it works. It works up to 5 days after unprotected sex, but works best within the first 3 days.

Some packs contain 1 pill, and some packs contain 2 pills. The 2 pills can be taken together.
ella® works up to five days after sex. It works just as well 5 days after sex as it does the first day.
How Do You Find It? Progestin EC is available at a pharmacy without a prescription for anyone who is 17 and older. Women under 17 need a prescription to get EC. ella® is available only with a prescription.
Ask your health care provider or visit www.not-2-late.com