Emergency Contraception After
in Pennsylvania that provide emergency services to sexual assault victims are
required to talk to you about emergency contraception,
tell you it is available, explain its effectiveness and side effects, and give
it to you if you ask for it, unless there is a medical reason not to take it.
that have a religious or moral objection to providing emergency contraception
are required to talk with you about emergency contraception and arrange to
transport you, at no cost, to a location where you can obtain emergency
contraception, if you request it.
Emergency contraception is back-up birth control
that lowers your risk of getting pregnant after sexual assault.
Emergency contraception can work up to five
days after unprotected sex, but it works best when you take it as soon as
Emergency contraception is safe and effective.
Millions of women have safely used emergency
contraception to prevent unintended pregnancies for over 40 years.
Emergency contraception does not harm an
Emergency contraception does not affect
your ability to get pregnant in the future.
Emergency contraception can lower your
chance of getting pregnant by 80-90 percent.
How Emergency Contraception
contraception prevents an egg from leaving the ovary or by keeping the sperm
away from the egg.
contraception cannot stop a fertilized egg from attaching to the lining of the
contraception is not the abortion
pill and it will not end an existing pregnancy or cause an abortion or
Side effects of Emergency
Contraception may include:
If you vomit within two hours of
taking emergency contraception, call a doctor. You may have to take the pill
your chances of pregnancy as a result of sexual assault will be greatly reduced
if you take emergency contraception, you may want to make an appointment with
your health care provider to provide a pregnancy test in about two weeks.
your period is more than one week late, you may be pregnant. Contact your health
care provider for a follow-up appointment.
are two types of emergency contraception pills that are approved for use by the
Federal Drug Administration:
1. Progestin-Only Pills (Plan
B One-Step and Next Choice One Dose)
best when taken within three days of unprotected sex but can still help to
prevent pregnancy up to five days after unprotected sex;
not end or hurt a current pregnancy; and
not work as well if you weigh more than 154 pounds.
emergency contraception is available at pharmacies, without a prescription, for
women of all ages.
2. Ella (ulipristal acetate)
best when taken within five days of unprotected sex;
not be taken by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding;
only available with a prescription; and
not work as well if you weigh more than 193 pounds.
WAIT! Take emergency contraception as soon as possible after unprotected sex
fully protect yourself after using emergency contraception, back up your
regular birth control method with another method such as condoms.
contraception does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections. A
condom is recommended to be used for protection against these infections.
with your treating physician or pharmacist to discuss any concerns regarding
drug interactions. Ask what medication you received or look at your
patient discharge instructions.
Paying for Emergency
Victims Compensation Assistance Program can cover the cost of emergency
contraception when you receive it during the rape exam. Talk to the advocate
from the rape crisis center for more information or call the program at
1-800-233-2339 or go to www.pccd.pa.gov/Victim-Services.
support and information, at any time, day or night, contact your local rape
crisis center at 1-888-772-7227.