EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION, RANKED
Mistakes happen. Know the options!
- 1.Paragard IUDThis copper Intrauterine device needs to be inserted by a physician or nurse practitioner within 5 days of unprotected sex. Costs more money, but immediately effective (>99%) and offers continued contraception for 10-12 years! Plus, no hormones-- which is nice for women who are sensitive to hormones.
- 2.Ella(Ulipristal acetate) Needs a prescription. But stays equally effective up to 5th day after unprotected sex! And more effective in overweight women than Plan B.
- 3.Plan B One Step or Next Choice One Dose(Levonorgestrel) Available over the counter without a prescription! Most effective if used within the first 3 days after unprotected sex (75%). Less effective on days 4 and 5. Less effective for women with BMIs > 25. They work by preventing ovulation. They do not cause abortion.
- 4.Birth control pillsYes, your regular combination estrogen/progesterone pills can be used as emergency contraception in a pinch! You take a few pills for the first dose, then a few pills 12 hours later. Downside: You may get nauseated from the higher dose of estrogens. How many pills you take depends on what pills you have. See this chart: http://bit.ly/1ILZtu1
- 5.For more informationGo to: - ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) - Planned Parenthood - The Emergency Contraception website at Princeton.edu - And as always-- Talk to your doctor! 😊