Backup birth control
A condom breaks. You forget to take your pill. No matter your situation, you can use emergency contraception as backup birth control up to 5 days after unprotected sex. It’s a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy.
You should use emergency contraception if:
Here's what you need to know
There are 3 products available for emergency contraception:
1. Levonorgestrel pill
2. Ulipristal acetate pill
3. Copper IUD
How emergency contraception works
Risk factors for emergency contraception
Choosing the right emergency contraceptive
There are several factors to consider when deciding on the type of emergency contraception to use, such as:
Talk to a provider about the best emergency contraception method for you. You can call us 24/7 for advice or set up a same-day phone appointment with a provider. You can tell the provider about your situation and they can quickly give you a recommendation.
And if all else fails, remember that using whichever method you can get is still better than not using anything at all.
Your right to privacy
You can get confidential health care for birth control, STIs/STDs, pregnancy, depression, and other mental health conditions, including drug and alcohol use. That means anything you and your provider talk about will stay between you and your health care team. Your privacy is protected by law. The only time your provider would break confidentiality is if you tell them you’re being abused or if you plan to hurt yourself or someone else — in those situations, they’re required to do so by law. If you have any issues you’d like to keep completely private, call the doctor’s office and ask to set up a confidential appointment.
We're here to help
Not sure which type of emergency contraception to use? Call us day or night for help.
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1 “Emergency Contraception,” Planned Parenthood, PlannedParenthood.org/learn/morning-after-pill-emergency-contraception/how-does-copper-iud-work-emergency-contraception, accessed August 13, 2019.