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Emergency Contracteption

Emergency Contraception (EC) can stop a pregnancy before it starts. (That means the EC pills is not an abortion pill.) There are four types of EC to choose from and they all work up to five days (or 120 hours) after unprotected sex. But take it sooner rather than later to reduce the possibility of getting pregnant.


No matter the reason, if you didn't use any protection during sex and aren't hoping to get pregnant, EC might be for you — as long as it's been less than five days since that unprotected encounter.

You had a “whoops” moment with your contraception
If the condom broke, or you forgot to take your pill, insert your ring, apply your patch, or if your diaphragm slipped — anything like that — you may want to take EC.

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