Health Services

Plan B (Emergency Contraception)

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What you need to know about getting Plan B
(Emergency Contraception) without a prescription.

Plan B (Emergency Contraception or EC) Is:

  • A type of birth control pill that you can take to prevent pregnancy AFTER sex.
  • Sometimes call the “morning after pill”
  • Safe and effective. It is more effective the sooner you use it.
  • About 89% effective.

Plan B is Not:

  • An abortion pill or RU-486. It will not work if you are already pregnant.
  • A protection against sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS.
  • To be used in place of other kinds of birth control.

Where you can get EC

  • Plan B is available without prescription from local pharmacies. Go to the pharmacy department of an area drug store. Pharmacy outlets in large chain stores may also carry Plan B.
  • Please note that not all pharmacies dispense Plan B without a prescription. A prescription can be obtained at the College Health Center.

Cost

The cost for Plan B will vary depending on the pharmacy. The cost may be anywhere from $20-$50 or more.

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