The Morning After Pill

Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception is a pill that alters the levels of certain hormones in your body and can be taken to help avoid getting pregnant after you have already had unprotected sex. It should be taken as soon as possible, ideally within 24 hours of having sex, as this is when it’s most effective. You can take emergency contraception for up to 72 to 120 hours after sex, depending on which one you take.

How long does it last?

This method should only be used in an emergency situation. It should not be used as routine contraception. It does not offer protection for future acts of intercourse. It is important that you use another form of birth control if you have sex again.

How does it work?

If taken soon enough, the emergency contraception stops your body from releasing an egg. It may also prevent the egg and sperm from meeting. It does not interrupt an established pregnancy.

What about my fertility?

Emergency contraception does not affect your fertility for subsequent menstrual cycles.