Emergency Contraception ("Morning After")

Emergency contraception (EC) consists of a pill or pills that can be used by women who wish to reduce the risk of pregnancy following unprotected sex or contraception failure. EC is safe to use and most effective when taken within the first 72 hours after sex but may prevent pregnancy when used up to 5 days after sex.

In the USA, some types of EC are available in pharmacies to women age 17 and older without a prescription. A woman must ask for EC directly from the pharmacist and identification with age verification is required. For some types of EC and for women under the age of 17, a prescription is required.

Local pharmacies can provide you with EC. Prescriptive types of EC can be obtained through a UHS provider. Call UHS at 608-265-5600 for more information about prescriptive EC.

For detailed information about EC and how it works visit http://ec.princeton.edu/