Things happen! And thank goodness for emergency contraception. Emergency Contraception is a safe method of preventing pregnancy up to 5 days after unprotected sex. There are few different options to choose from depending on factors such as: when you had sex, your weight, whether you're breastfeeding, and where you can access it. Here are a couple of options:
Option #1: The ParaGard IUD is the most effective form of emergency contraceptive if inserted within 5 days after having unprotected sex.
Option #2: Taking an emergency contraceptive, sometimes known as "the morning after pill" such as the brand Ella which is the most effective type of morning after pill. You will need a prescription, which can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex. The good news about Ella: it works just as well on day 5 as it does on day 1.
Option #3: Take an emergency contraceptive pill known as Plan B. The benefit of this kind of pill is that it can be purchased over the counter without a prescription from your doctor. However, this type of pill works best when taken within 3 days after unprotected sex and the sooner you take it the more likely it will be effective at preventing pregnancy.
Not sure which option is right for you? Take this quiz to help you figure out which emergency contraception is right for you.