9 Answers to common questions about emergency contraceptive pills

December 2, 2016






  1. Can emergency contraception cause an abortion?

EC’s (emergency contraceptives) are not abortion pills, they prevent a pregnancy and are taken before a pregnancy begins. Emergency contraceptives actually help avoid a pregnancy by delaying or forming a wall to prevent ovulation.

2. How are emergency contraceptive pills different from the abortion pill?

The ECP’s are taken to prevent pregnancy and the abortion pill is taken after it is certain that there is a pregnancy.

3. How many types of contraceptives are there?

There are over 15 types of contraceptives that are available to anyone that has had unprotected sex and wants to prevent pregnancy; Some of these are: Ella, Plan B one-step, Take Action, Next Choice One Dose, My Way,

4. How does emergency contraceptives work?

When you have unprotected sex, pregnancy does not occur right after intercourse. That’s why you are able to prevent pregnancy with contraceptives. It could take up to 6 days for the sperm and egg to meet. Emergency contraceptives prevent the ovary to release the egg if the sperm and the egg do not join pregnancy is not possible. As soon as you have unprotected sex just take one tablet swallow it and follow the instructions on the bottle.

5. When might I need an EC?

You might need an EC if there was a tear in the condom, had unprotected sex, forgot to take your birth control pill or had sexual intercourse without consent. If your menstrual cycle is delayed, you could be pregnant. If you missed one or two pills you should take them as soon as you remember even if that means taking more than one to make up for the missed pill and continue with the rest of the pack to avoid pregnancy.

6. What methods of emergency contraceptives are there?

Some of these methods are: Yuzpe method is more effective if taken no later than 3 days after unprotected sex., Plan B can be taken up to 5 days after intercourse but becomes less effective with each passing day. Copper-T IUD should be inserted by a professional within the 5 days after intercourse. Ella should be taken no later than the 5th day after unprotected sex and does not decrease effectiveness.

7. Can you take a birth control pill as an emergency contraceptive?

Yes, but there are only two types that will do the trick: “The Mini pills” and the “combined pills” because they both contain levonorgestrel and thinly estradiol. You can also take a different dose of a type of numbers of regular birth control pills.

8. Where can I get an emergency contraceptive?

The EC pill is available in most pharmacies and no ID is required. No, in most states the EC is sold without a need of prescription and with no age limitation. After many battles in court, the EC is available to any man or women without the need of ID. You can buy it online from KwikMed or Orpritruby for $67 with next day shipping. After studies were conducted in the United States, it has been proven that most of Catholic Hospitals will not give patients access to EC even if they are rape victims. This is a violation of State Legislation

9. Is the emergency contraceptive effective?

They are 89% effective if it is taken within 72 hours after having unprotected sex and continue to be effective for 120 hours. if you take more than is prescribed, it will not make it more effective but it can cause you nausea and pain. if you take two different kinds of contraceptives they can counteract and become ineffective. it’s a good idea to keep extras just in case, especially if you are sexually active


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