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EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION

EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION

Worried you might be PREGNANT?

  • If you have had unprotected sex within the last 5 days, IT IS NOT TOO LATE.
    You can do something to prevent pregnancy.
  • Emergency contraception (EC) is often called the “morning after pill”. It needs to be taken within 5 days (120 hours ) after unprotected sex.
  • Act quickly, do not wait. Call your health care provider or clinic to get Emergency Contraception.

What is EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION?

Just like regular birth control pills, emergency contraception prevents pregnancy in one of two ways.
It stops the egg from being released, so sperm can’t fertilize the egg. Or, it changes the lining of the uterus so the egg can’t attach and grow.

In San Bernardino or Riverside Clinics, the Emergency Contraceptive method used is Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECP), or Plan B, which are names for the same method.

  • Your health care provider will explain the correct dose and how to use emergency contraception.
  • Emergency Contraceptive Pills are now available direct from a participating pharmacy without having to go first to a clinic or a doctor.
  • You can get ECP right away, even on weekends or holidays, with this new pharmacy service.
  • Patients may be required to pay cash for Emergency Contraception pills at a pharmacy.  Whereas at health dept clinic it may be free/low cost. 

Where to find out more.

  • Call us at 1-888-728-1113
  • Call the Emergency Contraception Hotline at 1-888-NOT-2-LATE. The hotline is available in English and Spanish 24 hours a day.
  • To find a participating pharmacy near you, call their hotline at 1-800-323-1336 or visit their website at www.EC-Help.org.
  • You can also get information about emergency contraception at the following website: http://ec.princeton.edu
Women out of 100 that got pregnant using the methods below

Abstinence No women
Depo Provera Shots 1 out of 100
Sterilization 1 out of 100
Contraceptive Patch 1 out of 100
IUD 2 out of 100
Vaginal Ring 2 out of 100
The Pill 3 out of 100
Male Condom 12 out of 100
Spermicide 16-21 out of 100
Diaphragm 18 out of 100
NFP/FAM 20 out of 100
Female Condom 21 out of 100
No Method 85 out of 100