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Health Services

Plan B (Emergency Contraception)

Known as emergency contraceptive or the "morning after pill", Plan B is a contraception option for unplanned situations like a condom breaking, having unprotected sex, or forgetting to take your birth control pill.

Plan B is not for routine use and should only be
used as
a backup method to birth control.

Plan B One-Step is in the form of one pill that is taken by mouth after unprotected sex and should be taken within 3 days (72 hours) of the incident. The sooner you take Plan B the more effective it will be. Plan B will not work if you are already pregnant and it is not an abortion pill.

Plan B works by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary so that the union of sperm and egg cannot occur. If fertilization does occur, Plan B may prevent it from attaching to the womb. If a fertilized egg is implanted prior to taking Plan B, Plan B will not work. Plan B does not prevent against HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections and should be used for emergency situations only.

Plan B is now available over the counter and can be purchased at most drug stores. Plan B can also be bought on campus, for $20, in Health Services. An appointment is not necessary, just walk in.

For more information about Plan B you can visit Planned Parenthood.