Emergency Contraception

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Emergency contraception is a form of immediate birth control that is used after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. This form of contraception is commonly used for "oops" moments when your condom fails,  you didn't use a condom, you've missed a dose of birth control or you are not on birth control. Emergency contraception is not 100% effective, but is most potent the sooner you take it. It should be used within three to five days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. 

What Are My Options?

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Your Options With Us

  • Higher dose of Combination Oral Contraceptives

  • Ella- ulipristal  acetate  (UPA)

Common Side Effects

Can Be Used 

  • 3 to 5 days after unprotected sex 

HEADACHE

NAUSEA

BREAST TENDERNESS

BLEEDING BETWEEN PERIODS

CHANGES IN WEIGHT

ABDOMINAL CRAMPING

Remember this fact: Emergency contraception is NOT the same as taking an abortion pill. Emergency contraception methods stops the ovulation process and does not abort an already existing pregnancy. To discuss your options, Book An Appointment Today.

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Schedule online. It's easy, fast and secure.

It Happens, Now Let's Explore Your Options

Emergency contraception is a form of immediate birth control that is used after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. This form of contraception is commonly used for "oops" moments when your condom fails,  you didn't use a condom, you've missed a dose of birth control or you are not on birth control. Emergency contraception is not 100% effective, but is most potent the sooner you take it. It should be used within three to five days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. 

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What To Expect

Timeline


Based on your last unprotected sexual encounter, we will determine if you are eligible for a same-day prescription.




Treatment


There are multiple forms of emergency contraception pills (ECPs). The first, is a progestin-only pill called Levonorgestrel, also known as Plan B. Plan B must be taken within 3 days after having unprotected sex. Plan B is available over-the-counter at your local pharmacy. The second option is Lipristal Acetate, also known as Ella. Ella, unlike Plan B, can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex, and has been proven to be more effective. Ella requires a prescription, which we can give you. Other options include higher dose regimens of combination oral contraceptive pills that can prescribed on the day of your visit and sent to a local pharmacy near you.




Follow-Up


Follow-up is only necessary if you are experiencing menses that is delayed by 1 week or more, lower abdominal pain, or persistent irregular bleeding - if you are experiencing these symptoms, you may be required to take a pregnancy test, and/or be referred to a walk-in clinic for further evaluation.




Testing


Emergency contraception does not generally require testing. We may require a urine pregnancy test if you are unsure whether or not you are pregnant.





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SAME-DAY SCRIPTS AVAILABLE

A prescription for the most common methods of emergency contraception will be sent to a pharmacy near you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Ella and Plan B?


The active ingredient in Plan B is progestin, which is the same hormone used in birth control. Ella contains ulipristal acetate, which is a selective progesterone receptor modulator, it works by preventing the effects of progesterone thus stopping ovulation. Ella is 65% more effective at preventing pregnancy than Plan B when it’s taken within 24 hours. If taken within 72 hours, Ella is still 42% more effective than Plan B. Plan B is also more effective for women who weigh less than 165lbs. Vs Ella, which can be effective in women up to 195lbs.




Why do I need a prescription for Ella and not Plan B?


Ella contains a different type of drug called ulipristal acetate that requires a prescription from a healthcare provider.




What are the side effects of Ella?


Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and headaches




Will emergency contraception work if I am already pregnant?


No. Emergency contraception works to prevent ovulation, which is the release of the egg from the ovary. It does not cause an abortion or cause birth defects if you are already pregnant.





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