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Emergency Contraception

FAQs: Emergency Contraception (Emergency Birth Control)

Emergency contraception, or emergency birth control, is used to help keep a woman from getting pregnant after she has had sex without using birth control or if the birth control method failed. This page offers answers to frequently asked questions about emergency contraception.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

Office on Women's Health

Birth Control Guide- (PDF)

This guide gives the basic facts about the different kinds of FDA-approved medicines and devices for birth control. Ask your doctor to tell you about all of the risks and benefits of using these products.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Emergency Contraception: Fact Sheet- (PDF)

Emergency contraception is a way of preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex. Learn about how it works and how it is used. Emergency contraception offers no protection against sexually transmitted diseases.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

FAQs about Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception is birth control that prevents pregnancy after sex, which is why it is sometimes called "the morning after pill," or "the day after pill." Emergency contraception makes it much less likely you will get pregnant.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

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