Emergency Contraception

The Morning After Pill

Before taking the morning-after pill, you should understand what it is, how it works, and what it could mean to your health. Call us for an appointment and one of our counselors will be happy to discuss emergency contraception and its risks.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a number of drugs for preventing pregnancy after intercourse:

Plan B and Next Choice are available over-the-counter, but may require a prescription depending on a women’s age. Plan B and Next Choice consist of 2 tablets of levonorgestrel, a steroid hormone, taken 12 hours apart, generally within 72 hours of intercourse.

Plan B One Step is the same, but consists of one pill that contains twice the dose.


ella is an emergency contraception that requires a prescription from a physician. It can be taken up to 5 days after intercourse and consists of one tablet of ulipristal acetate.

Side effects may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Irregular and unpredictable menstrual periods
  • Cramping and lower abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

Informed Choices provides information about but does not prescribe or refer any form of emergency contraception.

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Informed Choices is a non-profit organization with a goal to serve and benefit our community. It is our passion and commitment to provide compassionate care, practical help, and accurate information to men and women facing pregnancy decisions or past abortions.


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