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Emergency Contraception

Access Health Center offers Emergency Contraception (also known as The Morning After Pill), a fall back method that may be used by women who have had unprotected sex or used a birth control method that failed.

Emergency Contraception Facts

Emergency Contraception is recommended for particular situations and is not a regular method of birth control. Emergencies include having a condom break or slip off during sex, skipping birth control pills during a monthly cycle.

Emergency Contraception is used to prevent a pregnancy, not end one. Emergency Contraception does not protect against STD’s. It should also not be confused with the Abortion Pill and will not work if the person is already pregnant. Emergency contraception has to be taken within 72 hours after intercourse. The only way of knowing whether the Emergency Contraception has worked is when a woman gets her next period, which should come at the expected time or within a week of the expected time. If the period is more than seven days late, you might be pregnant.

Keep in mind that Emergency Contraception is less likely to work if:

  • A woman has unprotected sex, or contraceptive failure again in the same menstrual cycle after taking the Emergency Contraceptive
  • A woman has already had unprotected sex, or contraceptive failure earlier in her menstrual cycle
  • She vomited within two hours of taking the morning after pill
  • The Emergency Contraceptive is not taken within the correct time and as directed
  • The Emergency Contraception will not work if the woman is already pregnant

How it Works

  • Emergency contraception works in several ways depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle.
  • If ovaries have not released the egg, it may stop or slow this process
  • If an egg has been released, it may stop sperm from fertilizing it
  • If the egg has been fertilized, it may stop it from implanting in the uterus

If you have any questions please call us at (630)-964-0000 or Toll Free (800)-403-3033.
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