birth control guide
sperm barrier methods
permanent methods for men
permanent methods for women
It is known as "The Morning After Pill”
It may be used if you do not use birth control or if your regular birth control fails.
It should not be used as a regular form of birth control.
Examples of emergency contraceptive (the morning after pill):
Plan B, Plan B One-Step, Next Choice, Ella.
What is it?
-- these are pills with hormones similar to other oral contraceptives.
-- they stop the ovaries from releasing an egg or stops sperm from joining with the egg.
How do I use it?
-- you can use these after you have unprotected sex (did not use birth control)
-- you can also use these if your birth control did not work (i.e. the condom broke)
-- you must swallow the pills within 72 hours of having unprotected sex.
-- for the best chance for it to work, you should start taking the pills soon after unprotected sex.
How do I get it?
-- you can buy it over the counter if you are 18 years or older.
-- if you are younger than 18, you need a prescription.
Chance of getting pregnant?
-- this method reduces the risk of pregnancy resulting from a single act of unprotected sex by almost 85 percent, if you take it within 72 hours.
-- nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain.
-- fatigue, headache.
Does it protect me from sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?