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Dr. Karen SlabasObstetrics & Gynecology

Emergency Contraception

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What is emergency contraception (EC)?
It is medication that is used to reduce the chance of pregnancy after unprotected sex.
Using EC does NOT cause an abortion.
They work by delaying ovulation (release of an egg).
If you are already pregnant, it will not disrupt or harm an existing pregnancy.
There are several forms of EC.
Some ECs require a prescription from an OB/GYN, however, EC pills can be bought over the counter without a prescription.
They are most effective when taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex.
Common situations EC is used for:
-having a condom break or slip
-if a woman is raped
-forgotten to take birth control 
No follow up is needed after using EC.
However, you should take a pregnancy test if your period does not start within a week of when you expected it.
Keep in mind, EC does not prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
If you are at risk of getting a STI, you should see your OB/GYN or other health care professional for evaluation.