Birth Control

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: Friday, February 06, 2015

Office on Women's Health

Birth Control Methods Fact Sheet

What are the different types of birth control? Do they have side effects? Are birth control pills safe? Find answers to these questions, and more.

Review Date: Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Office on Women's Health

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: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Oral Contraceptives and Cancer Risk

A fact sheet about research on the risk of developing cancer of the breast, cervix, liver and ovary from the use of oral contraceptives.

Review Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NIH National Cancer Institute

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