Many women use emergency contraception (EC) after unprotected sex or when birth control failed. It’s important to know that EC is intended to be used only as a backup to a failed method.
Before you take emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy, you should speak with a medical professional to learn how EC will affect your body.
Some side effects can include:
- Heavier than normal or erratic menstrual bleeding
- Menstrual pain or cramps
- Stomach pain
- Tender breasts
Emergency Contraception FAQ
How does emergency contraception work?
Emergency contraception prevents or delays ovulation to reduce the chance of pregnancy. This isn’t the same as the abortion pill and won’t work if you’re already pregnant. EC will not disrupt your pregnancy or harm the fetus if you’re already pregnant.
What types of EC are available?
One of the most common forms of emergency contraception is Plan B, also called the morning-after pill. The morning-after pill is most effective when taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex. After this time, the effectiveness declines rapidly over the next four days. Another type of EC is called an Intrauterine Device (IUD) and requires placement by a medical professional. Be sure to speak with the experienced team at PRC Medical to learn your options and find the right type of EC for you.
Do I need a prescription?
The morning-after pill is available to everyone from your pharmacist without a prescription. If you want to use an IUD, talk to your health care provider.
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