The Emergency Contraception Pill (ECP) is a method of preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex. ECPs are most effective when taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex but can be effective taken up to five days later. It has been found that if the ECP is taken with 72 hours after having unprotected sex the risk of pregnancy is reduced by 89%.
ECPs work by preventing the egg from leaving the ovary and the sperm from joining the egg. ECPs do not keep fertilized eggs from attaching to the uterus, and they are not effective if taken after a woman is already pregnant.
Plan B®, Next Choice®, Levonorgestrel, and ella® are currently the only products marketed specifically as emergency contraceptive pills in the United States. Plan B®, Next Choice® and Levonorgestrel are available without a doctor’s prescription for women 17 and older. All women, regardless of age, must obtain a prescription for Ella®.
Hartford GYN Center offers ECPs for a reduced price of 1 dose for $25 and 2 doses for $35, and some women find peace of mind in having a back-up method of birth control on hand in case of unplanned sex or a condom breaking. Please call or stop by during our walk-in hours (M-F 8-4; Sat 7-2) for more information or to purchase ECPs.