emergency contraception

Also known as the morning after pill, or Plan B, emergency contraception is a safe way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. 

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What is it?

Emergency contraception is an oral birth control method that helps to prevent the egg and sperm from meeting.  Emergency contraception does not work if a woman is already pregnant, nor will it harm a current pregnancy.  Emergency contraction should not be utilized as a continuous or ongoing birth control method because it is not as effective as ongoing, non-emergency methods such as pills, condoms, and LARCS.

When to take it

  • Emergency contraception can be utilized to prevent pregnancy under the following circumstances:
  • A condom or other birth control method was not utilized when you had vaginal sex
  • You forgot to take your birth control method on time and had vaginal sex
  • Your condom broke
  • Your condom slipped off
  • Your partner did not pull out and ejaculated inside of you
  • Someone forced you to have unprotected vaginal sex

How to use it

Emergency contraception works by preventing or delaying the release of eggs form the ovaries or, in other words, suppresses ovulation.  Emergency contraception should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected vaginal sex.  It works best if taken within the first 72 hours (3 days) after sex, but may be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after sex.

Emergency Contraception Response Line (ECRL)

Healthfirst offers a toll-free response line to Wisconsin residents.  This offers client’s quicker access to emergency contraction after usual business hours (nights, weekends, and holidays).  By calling 1-866-323-4778 (866-EC-FIRST), staff will assist you to obtain emergency contraception in your local area.