Did you know that you can do something after sex to keep from getting pregnant?
No matter what happened whether you missed some pills or the condom broke, you were forced, or you got ‘swept away,’ It’s Not Too Late!
If less than three days (72 hours) have passed since you had unprotected sex, you can still act to protect yourself from getting pregnant!
How can I protect myself?
You can take emergency birth control pills (also called emergency contraception, morning after pills, or Plan B®) -- a medicine that you take after unprotected or unwanted sex to prevent pregnancy.
Emergency birth control pills are a strong dose of regular birth control pills. They prevent pregnancy.
Emergency birth control pills are not the “abortion pill.” Emergency birth control pills prevent pregnancy; they do not end it. Taking emergency birth control will not cause abortion and will not cause birth defects.
But hurry! Emergency birth control pills work better the sooner you take them after unprotected sex!
Experts say emergency birth control pills work best if taken in the first 24 hours after unprotected sex.
Emergency birth control pills can lower your chances of getting pregnant by up to 89% if taken in the first three days (72 hours) after unprotected sex.
Emergency birth control pills may still work if taken up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex.