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How do I prevent pregnancy after I’ve had unprotected sex?
Emergency contraception is birth control that you can take after unprotected sex. You might have heard it called Plan B or the “morning after pill.” If you’ve recently had penis-vagina sex and are worried you might get pregnant, you can use emergency contraception.
How effective is emergency contraception?
If you use it within 72 hours after you’ve had unprotected sex it can reduce the risk of pregnancy by up to 89%. If you use it within 24 hours, it’s about 95% effective. You can use it up to 5 days after unprotected sex, but it’s most effective the sooner you take it. Emergency contraception is not an abortion pill. If a pregnancy has already happened it will not harm the fetus, pregnancy or person carrying the pregnancy. If you take emergency contraception, but don’t get your period around its expected time, then you may want to take a pregnancy test (Adapted from Teen Talk, 2019).
Where can I get emergency contraception?
Emergency contraception is available at a pharmacy without a prescription if you are 17 years of age or older
(with a prescription if you are under 17), or at a family planning clinic for low or no cost. You can expect to pay up to $49.99 at a pharmacy, but don’t forget to check out www.GoodRx.com for coupons that can help you save on prescription drugs.
Use our Searchable Directory Page to locate a clinic near you that provides emergency contraception.
I’m worried I may be pregnant, what are my options?
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If you think you may be pregnant, the first thing to do is to take a pregnancy test. Pregnancy tests are a pee test. The test measures the level of pregnancy hormone in the urine. For most tests, you have to wait until your next period is expected or late as it takes time for the body to build up this hormone. You can get a pregnancy test at most grocery stores and pharmacies with no age restrictions or prescription required, or by visiting a health clinic near you.
If it is confirmed that you are pregnant, there are three legal options in Florida: parenting, adoption, and abortion. Learn about each of these options by accessing resources from Planned Parenthood.
We all have our own values about which option we would choose. What’s right for one person may not be right for another. When it comes to all three-pregnancy options, people have the right to decide for themselves how they feel about each option. If you decide one option is not for you, that’s okay. However, we don’t get to judge or make someone feel bad if they choose a different option then what we would. It’s about choice.
You should seek support from someone who makes you feel safe, who you trust and who will be respectful and supportive of whatever decision you or your partner may come to. A truly supportive person will not make any judgements and will be there for the person they are supporting (Adapted from Teen Talk, 2019).
If you don’t have anyone you trust to talk to, you can call the All-Options Talkline at 1-888-493-0092, a free, private hotline that offers peer-based counseling and support.
Teen Talk. (n.d.). Birth control. Retrieved July 3, 2019, from https://teentalk.ca/learn-about/birth-control-2/
Teen Talk. (n.d.). Pregnancy options. Retrieved July 16, 2019, from http://teentalk.ca/learn-about/