Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception (EC), sometimes known as the “morning-after pill” or emergency birth control, is a safe and effective means of preventing pregnancy. Emergency contraception can be used up to 120 hours after unprotected sex to prevent fertilization. EC does not cause the termination of an existing pregnancy and should be used as a backup if an ongoing contraceptive method fails, or you have unprotected sex.

Access to emergency contraception is a chief concern for Planned Parenthood. Affordable and accessible emergency contraception can prevent unintended pregnancies. In recent years, some pharmacists have refused to dispense emergency contraception over religious or moral objections. In many cases, this is a misunderstanding of what EC does and education is needed to ensure its availability. As an over-the-counter drug, emergency contraception should be easy to obtain, without being turned away because of the religious or moral beliefs of a health care provider.