Emergency Contraception

The Morning-After Pill

Emergency Contraception (the morning-after pill), is taken after unprotected intercourse to prevent a pregnancy from occurring. It does not terminate an existing pregnancy. Since the morning-after pill is most effective the sooner you take it, we encourage you to call us as soon as you need it.

We provide emergency contraception over the counter and without an appointment. Please bring a photo id.

In the U.S., progestin-only Emergency Contraception is also available on the pharmacy shelf. The medication can be purchased by anyone without age restrictions. Look for Plan B One-Step, Take Action, Next Choice One-Dose, My Way or other generics in the Family Planning aisle.

Emergency Contraception Facts

If you think your birth control failed, you didn’t use contraception, or you were forced to have sex against your will, emergency contraception makes it much less likely you will get pregnant.

You can take it immediately after intercourse, up to five days (120 hours) after sex.

Emergency contraceptives are not as effective as regularly used methods like birth control pills and condoms and do not protect against sexually transmitted infections, like HIV. For help choosing the best regular birth control method for you, try this free online tool: Bedsider.

Emergency contraceptive appears to decline in efficacy as BMI increases (starting at a BMI of 26 or greater). To calculate your BMI, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. This calculator provides BMI and the corresponding BMI weight status category. Use this calculator for adults, 20 years and older. For children and teens, 2 through 19 years old, use the BMI Calculator for Children and Teens. If your BMI is over 26 we recommend using an alternative emergency contraceptive called ELLA. We currently do not offer ELLA in the office but you can purchase online here.