Birth control failure or unprotected intercourse happens and when it does, emergency contraception can help prevent pregnancy.
Pregnancy doesn’t happen right after you have sex — that’s why it’s possible to prevent pregnancy a few days after intercourse but timing is important! EC (The Morning After Pill) works mainly by stopping ovulation i.e., stopping the ovary from releasing an egg, and no ovulation means no fertilization.
EC is not 100% effective. Where you are in your cycle and how soon you take EC can contribute to its effectiveness. The EC that we offer is Plan B equivalent and should be used within 72 hours of failed birth control or unprotected intercourse and used within that time frame about 7 out of every 8 people who would have gotten pregnant will not become pregnant.
Emergency contraception is NOT the same thing as the abortion pill (RU-486) and EC doesn’t cause an abortion. It won’t work if you’re already pregnant and it won’t harm an existing pregnancy. Emergency contraception doesn’t end a pregnancy — it prevents one.