Sex Terms

Emergency Contraception

A way to reduce the risk of pregnancy after unprotected vaginal intercourse or intercourse where the method of birth control failed. Emergency contraception (EC) comes in the form of pills (commonly known as the “morning-after pill,” even though it can be taken it up to five days after). The pills are sold under several different brand names including Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, Take Action and ella. EC can be up to 75 – 89-percent effective if taken within 72-120 hours and for most brands is more effective the sooner it is taken. ella, however, is fully effective for all 5 days. Most brands of EC are available over the counter, regardless of age. However, the EC pill ella is only available with a prescription regardless of age. Prices may vary for each of these options depending on the brand, the pharmacy and which state you are in.

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