Birth Control | Emergency ContraceptionEmergency Contraception Pills

Emergency Contraception Pills (ECP), also known as “Plan B” or “the morning after pill,”  are used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex, or if the birth control method chosen failed during sex, such as a condom breaking. You can get emergency contraception in the form of pills or a copper IUD

Emergency contraception pills should NOT be used as a regular method of birth control. They can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex, but are most effective when taken within three days after having unprotected sex. The sooner you take ECP, the more effective it will be in avoiding an unplanned pregnancy.

The copper IUD can also be used as emergency contraception and is good if you are looking for a long-term option. To work as emergency contraception, the copper IUD should get inserted within five days after having unprotected sex to protect against unintended pregnancy.


Emergency contraceptive pills – 89% typical use

Things you may like about emergency contraception pills:

  • Provide possibility of prevention of pregnancy after intercourse
  • You can keep ECP on hand in case you need it
  • Offers an opportunity to prevent pregnancy after rape, mistakes, or barrier method failure (condom breaks or slips, diaphragm dislodges, etc.)

Things you may dislike about emergency contraception pills:

  • May be hard to get/find
    • You can get emergency contraception pills at MyAlly Health
  • May require a clinic visit and/or prescription
  • Potential side-effects include:
    • Upset stomach
    • Irregular bleeding
    • Dizziness
    • Headaches
    • Nausea
  • It is not as effective as other birth control methods


ECP costs $45 at MyAlly Health, however this method may be free or low cost for you. Ask about our sliding-fee-scale

ECP generally costs $40-$50 at other clinics and pharmacies.

*Disclaimer: Costs are an estimate. Additional or different services may be ordered by the provider that may not be included in this price.

Does it protect against STIs?

No. Emergency contraception does not protect from STIs. Use condoms to reduce the spread of STIs.

Disclaimer: This website is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have.