Kinds of Emergency Contraception

Know your options when it comes to Emergency Contraception (EC)!

  1. Ella
    • Prescription Required – However, you do not need to visit a doctor’s office for the prescription. Simply fill out Ella’s medical questionnaire on the website (about 15-20 minutes) so that your application can be approved and sent to Ella’s pharmacist.
    • Most Expensive – Ella costs $90 online, but shipping is usually free.
    • Fast – Ella is normally delivered to your door is less than 24 hours!
    • More Effective – Ella may be more effective for women who weigh over 165 pounds.
  2. AfterPill
    • No Prescription Required!
    • Purchase Online – no personal discomfort from interacting with a cashier or other customers in a local pharmacy.
    • Slow Shipping – arrives in 5 to 7 business days. Buy it ahead of time so you can have it on hand for emergencies!
    • Affordable – About $20 for a single box of AfterPill plus $5 shipping or $60 for 3 boxes plus $5 shipping.
  3. Plan B One-Step
    • No Prescription Required!
    • Purchase In Person Immediately – Plan B One-Step, Next Choice (a generic brand), and other generic EC brands can be bought over the counter at a local pharmacy (Target, Rite Aid, etc.).
    • Anyone Can Buy It Even Men!
    • Somewhat Expensive – Plan B One-Step and generic EC brands each cost about $39.99 for 1 box.

Remember the most effective emergency contraception option isn’t any of the ones listed above. It’s actually the copper IUD (ParaGard). ParaGard has been found to be 99% effective if it is inserted within 5 days of unprotected sex! The options listed above work up to 5 days after unprotected sex, but they decrease in effectiveness with each day.

Read the full article at Bedsider.org!