Emergency contraception at a glance
Emergency contraceptive pills are a type of hormonal contraception. They prevent pregnancy if you had unprotected sex or if your birth control method did not work correctly.
How does emergency contracpetion prevent pregnancy?
What side effects can I expect?
Emergency contraception (EC) works by preventing or delaying ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary).
Some side effects include headaches, nausea, spotting (light bleeding between periods), breast tenderness, and lower abdominal cramps. Good news is that they don’t affect everyone and they tend to go away in a few days.
How effective is emergency contraception?
We carry two brands of EC. The first lowers your chances of getting pregnant by 95% if taken within the first 24 hrs after unprotected sex but this declines to 58% thereafter. The second brand lowers your chances of getting pregnant by 85% if taken within 5 days after unprotected sex
How often can I use energency contraception?
EC is not meant to be a long-term birth control option. Due to its side effects, it’s recommended that you do not use EC more than once during each period cycle. If you find yourself needing EC regularly, you may wish to consider a more viable long-term contraceptive option, such as the birth control pill.