What is the Morning After Pill and How Do I Use It?

If a condom breaks or if you have unprotected sex, you should take the morning after pill to decrease the chance of getting pregnant. It should not be used as a method of birth control. It is used as emergency contraception.

Plan B one step is a progesterone only medication that can be used up to 3 days after unprotected sex and is available over the counter in the drug store. Ella can be used up to 5 days after unprotected sex but requires a prescription. You can also have your doctor insert a copper IUD (paragard) up to 5 days after unprotected sex.

It is very important to take the morning after pill as soon as you can. The earlier you initiate it the more effective it is.

How effective is the morning after pill?

Plan B one step is about 90% effective if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, and Ella is about 85% effective if taken within 5 days.


Have questions about the morning after pill and birth control?

Schedule an appointment to chat with us at 516-365-6100. We answer questions like this every day and would love to meet you! We're conveniently located off the Northern State Parkway on New Hyde Park Road just minutes from North Shore University Hopital and Northwell Health.

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