You had unprotected sex, and you aren’t interested in being pregnant right now. Let's talk about emergency contraception. We believe in providing affordable and convenient options for all your reproductive health needs. Emergency contraception is one such option that can be highly effective if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Here's what you need to know about emergency contraception options.
Copper Intrauterine Device (IUD)
The copper IUD is an effective form of emergency contraception that can be inserted up to five days after unprotected sex. The IUD is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider and provides long-term contraception for up to 10 years. Unfortunately, most clinics do not keep IUDs in stock. Instead, they often order them as needed. If you’re interested in getting an IUD as emergency contraception, be sure to ask your provider about their lead-time.
Levonorgestrel Pill (Plan B)
Levonorgestrel, commonly known as Plan B, is a pill that can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. It works by delaying or preventing ovulation, which means that the egg is not released and cannot be fertilized. You can purchase Plan B over-the-counter at most drugstores.
Ulipristal Acetate Pill (Ella)
Ulipristal acetate, commonly known as Ella, is a pill that can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. It works by blocking the hormone progesterone, which is necessary for pregnancy to occur. However, Ella requires a prescription from a healthcare provider.
It's important to note that emergency contraception should not be used as a primary method of birth control. It's intended for emergency situations only and does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
We’re here to support you in making informed decisions about your sexual health. If you have had unprotected sex and need emergency contraception, don't hesitate to take action.
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