Contraception for family planning

Emergency Contraceptive Pills

Emergency Contraceptive Pills

The Emergency Contraceptive Pill, also known as the morning-after pill, is used for prevention of pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse has taken place. These pills should be taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse for them to be effective in avoiding pregnancy.

You may feel the need for an emergency contraceptive when you may be at risk of a pregnancy due to:

  • Contraceptive failure
  • Unprotected sex
  • Improper use of your regular birth control method
  • Forced sex

These pills are not regular forms of contraception and should be taken only in emergency situations.