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Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception— sometimes called emergency birth control or the "morning after" pill—can prevent pregnancy when used up to five days after unprotected sex. There are several methods of emergency contraception, and they prevent pregnancy the same way as some regular methods of birth control. It is not the same as the “abortion pill” (Mifeprex, RU-486).

Emergency contraception should not be used as regular birth control. Other birth control methods are much better at keeping women from becoming pregnant. Talk with your doctor to decide which one is right for you.

Emergency contraception is available from healthcare providers. For a healthcare provider in your area, call the Family Health line at 1-800-328-3838.


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