EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION (EC) PILLS — MORNING AFTER PILL
|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.|
Next Choice®, Plan B One-Step™, etc
|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|