Emergency contraception is birth control that prevents pregnancy after sex, which is why it is sometimes called “the morning after pill,” “the day after pill,” or “morning after contraception.” You can use emergency contraception right away – or up to five days after sex – if you think your birth control failed, you didn’t use contraception, or you were forced to have sex.
Emergency contraception makes it much less likely you will get pregnant after unprotected sex. Emergency contraceptives are not intended as regular birth control that’s used before or during sex, such as the pill, IUDs or condoms. So if you are sexually active or planning to be, please make an appointment with Health Services for contraceptive consultation or see your private healthcare provider. Please don’t plan to use emergency contraception as your only protection against pregnancy. Emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, like HIV or other STIs (sexually transmitted infections) — only condoms do. For help choosing the best regular method for you, try this free online tools: Method Match (from ARHP) and for more information on contraception and healthy and safe sex.
Emergency contraception is available at Health Services at a discounted cost and also at most pharmacies “behind the counter” (you must provide proof of age 17 or older when purchasing this medication.) Because we are a professional medical office you must schedule an appointment so we can review your health history and medical risks before prescribing this or any other medication. We almost always can fit you in the day you call. During the semester Health Services is open 7 days a week — do not delay if you need this medication. If you are unable to wait for an appointment, emergency contraception can be purchased at Madison Pharmacy and delivered to you by their delivery service. Please call them at 973-377-0075 to arrange this.