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Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception, sold as Plan B One-Step® or Next Choice®, prevents pregnancy after unprotected sex, birth control method failure, or sexual assault. Emergency contraception may be taken within 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected intercourse to avoid pregnancy but the sooner you take it, the more effective it will be. Plan B One Step® and Next Choice® are useful for prevention of pregnancy only - they will not affect an existing pregnancy.

Emergency contraception is not intended for routine use as a method of birth control, as there are better and more cost-effective long-term options. It also does not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You may want to consider getting tested if there is a possibility that unprotected sex put you at risk.

Emergency contraception is now available without a prescription at pharmacies. Students, faculty, and staff can obtain Plan B® directly from the Forty Acres Pharmacy (SSB 1.110). If you have a BMI higher than 25, prescription emergency contraception or the Paragard IUD may be more effective than over-the-counter emergency contraception.

To schedule an appointment call the UHS Appointments Line at (512) 471-4955. After hours, call the UHS 24-hour Nurse Advice Line at (512) 475-NURS (6877).

Hormonal Methods