Emergency Contraception (EC)

Sometimes called "Plan B"

Sometimes called "the morning after" pill.  This method is used when you suspect that regular birth control may have failed.

(like missed pills, broken condom, dislodged IUD etc.)

EC should not be your main method of contraception,

and should be used for "emergencies".

 

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This is NOT an abortion pill.

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Facts for you to consider:

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EFFECTIVENESS

Women can take emergency contraceptive pills up to 5 days after unprotected sex, but the sooner the pills are taken, the better they will work. IT is most effective if taken withing 72 hours.

89% effective with typical use.

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THE GOOD

  • No prescription is required, and it can be purchased at drug stores and most discount stores.

  • You can keep it on hand in case of emergency if regular birth control may fail.

  • It can prevent a pregnancy in those that did not think they needed birth control

  • It can be extra assurance in the unfortunate circumstances such as rape.

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COST

Although prices vary, you can expect to pay $40-$50 dollars over the counter at local retail stores.

At Lake Region Family Planning, there is usually a charge of around

$45.

 However, this method may be free or at a reduced charge  based on your household income!

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HOW IT WORKS

Similar to birth control pills, Plan B works by temporarily delaying the release of an egg from the ovary, so there’s no egg to meet the sperm. No egg, no fertilization, no pregnancy.

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THE NOT SO GOOD

  • You may get an upset stomach

  • Irregular bleeding

  • It may be hard to obtain if you do not have sufficient cash on hand when your local Family Planning Office is closed.

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

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ANOTHER FORM OF EC:

 THE PLACEMET OF A COPPER IUD.

The copper IUD is 99% effective if  inserted within 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex.  It’s actually the most effective way to prevent pregnancy after sex.

HOWEVER, you must have an appointment with a medical provider and it must be available in clinic inventory.

Cash price for this device is approx $850.  However most insurances do pay a large portion including the additional placement charges.

For more information, CLICK THE GOLD STAR

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Call Lori for a confidential appointment
701-662-7046, press option 3