Emegency Contraception(EC) is a safe and effective way to prevent an unintended pregnancy after sex. It is intended for emergency situations such as:
- You did not use birth control during sex.
- You think your birth control did not work during sex.
- You were forced to have sex.
Emergency Contraception Pills(ECPs) contain one or two hormones found in regular birth control pills but are taken in special doses. ECPs reduce the chance of pregnancy by preventing an egg from being released from the ovary and prevents the egg and sperm from meeting. ECPs are most effective if taken soon after unprotected sex (within 24 to 72 hours) but may be taken within 5 days. ECPs will not affect a pregnancy if a person is already pregnant.
ECPs are available from a Family Planning Clinic.
For more information on EC, check out the website, www.Not-2-Late .