You get caught up in the heat of the moment and have sex without contraception. Maybe the condom breaks, you forgot to take your regular birth control, or worst case, you were sexually assaulted. Regardless how it happens, unprotected vaginal intercourse can cause unplanned pregnancy. This can be a scary experience, but Southwestern Public Health can help with something called emergency contraception (EC).
What is it?
Emergency contraception is a pill that can be taken to prevent a pregnancy from happening. Please call the sexual health clinic if you think emergency contraception may be helpful for you. The sooner it is taken, the more effective it is.
*NOTE: Emergency contraception is not effective if already pregnant
Where can I get it?
Emergency contraception is available at low cost from the Sexual Health clinics or is available for purchase at pharmacies. Mifegymiso (the abortion pill) is also available at pharmacies with a prescription at no extra cost.
Talk to a sexual health nurse for more information.
- Emergency contraception - The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
- Your guide to emergency contraception options - What’s Next for Me