In case of an Emergency, Know the Rules of Emergency Contraception

Women of all ages can find themselves caught up in the moment. If it was completely spontaneous, you may have forgotten to take your birth control or you may not be on any type of contraceptive. Perhaps you didn't use a condom or the condom broke. Accidents happen to everyone. Need not fret, my dear. You have options with emergency contraception.

Anyone, male or female, can buy Plan B without a prescription or having to present identification. Plan B One-Step is now available on the shelves of grocery stores and pharmacies in the family planning section. It will be near pregnancy tests and condoms to give you a better description. If you're at least 17, you can buy the generic emergency contraception pills Next Choice One Dose, My Way, and Levonorgestrel without a prescription. You will probably need to ask a pharmacist for these pills and most likely show them a form of ID that proves your age.

There are four forms of emergency contraception. The most popular brand of emergency contraception is Plan B or the morning-after pill.

Emergency contraception can safely be used every time a woman has unprotected sex or experiences contraceptive failure. EC will not protect you against future acts of unprotected sex.

When should I use emergency contraception?

  • Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, My Way, and Levonogestrel all work best the sooner you take them, so the ideal is to have a box on hand to take immediately in case of emergency. It is suggested to take them up to 72 hours after your "accident".
  • ella works up to five days after unprotected sex or suspected contraceptive failure.
  • The copper IUD can also be used as EC for up to five days after unprotected sex or suspected contraceptive failure. Reminder: you will need to visit a doctor to get it inserted.

What is the cost of emergency contraceptives?

The average cost of emergency contraceptive is approximately $40 to $50 per dose.

Where can I find savings or coupons for emergency contraception?

With that said, please help yourself to some savings! We have coupons for ella and Plan B. Outside of emergency contraceptive, we also have coupons for most birth control. Perhaps you should just print the card to cover the bases.