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Woman PhotoThe Facts: Emergency Birth Control Pills

Many young women may not know that they can do something after sex to keep from getting pregnant. But there is something they can do if they’ve had unprotected sex. They can take emergency birth control pills, also called emergency contraception, morning after pills, or Plan B®.

All women, especially those ages 16 -24 who experience relatively high rates of unplanned pregnancy, can use emergency birth control pills to keep from getting pregnant when a regular birth control method fails or is used incorrectly. They can also use emergency birth control pills if they have been sexually assaulted or, for any other reason, have had unprotected sex. Emergency birth control pills should not take the place of regular birth control and condoms, and do not protect from sexually transmitted infections.

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