Emergency Contraception – “Morning After Pill”

Even though you tried to make sure your sex was as safe as possible, sometimes things happen. Maybe you used a condom but it broke, maybe you didn’t use a condom at all, or maybe you realized you forgot a couple birth control pills. You may have heard of something called a “morning after pill”. This is called emergency contraception (EC), and is used after sex(link to sex). This isn’t meant to be used every single time you have sex. This is meant for those times when your planning didn’t work out for one reason or another. Most often people use “Plan B” which is the most effective EC. It works the best if it’s taken as soon as possible (within 24 hours) after sex. You can take it all the way up to 5 days after sex, but it becomes less effective the longer you wait to take it. You can visit your local nursing station for this pill, or you can go to a drug store and ask the pharmacist for it. You do not need a prescription. Follow the directions, and ask for help if you need it or are worried.

Super important detail: Your period should start 1 to 3 weeks after taking EC; if it doesn’t happen see a nurse or doctor for a pregnancy test. This does not protect against sexy germs (STIs).

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