Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception can stop a pregnancy before it starts. (That means it?s not the same as the abortion pill.) There are four types of EC to choose from and they all work up to 5 days after unprotected sex. But take it sooner rather than later to reduce the possibility of getting pregnant.



The newest form of EC in the U.S. is a one-pill formula available by prescription only. Blocks the hormones your body needs to conceive. Completely effective for 5 days after unprotected sex.


Anyone, of any age, can get Plan B One-Step over the counter at a pharmacy or health center.  For Next Choice One Dose and other brands, you can get them over the counter at a pharmacy or health center if you are 17 or older. If aged 16 or younger, you need a prescription to get Next Choice One Dose or other brands.  These EC pills are similar to birth control pills, but at a higher dose. They work up to 5 days after unprotected sex, but effectiveness decreases each day.


You can use certain birth control pills as EC if you follow the Yuzpe Method guidelines. Works best up to 3 days following unprotected sex. After that, it?s much less effective.  See the tab "How to Use It" below to learn more.


This is the most effective EC there is. Have a doctor insert it within 5 days of a misstep and lower your chance of pregnancy by 99.9%

Real Stories

These videos will give you a sense of some people's personal experiences using this method. They are not meant to be understood as medical facts, and your experience may differ.

Building Healthy Futures:

The Campaign to Prevent Unintended Pregnancy in New York City sponsored by Planned Parenthood of New York City and partners

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