Emergency Birth Control

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					  Emergency
 Birth Control




Can PREVENT pregnancy
  after unprotected sex.




      www.wvfree.org
Don’t wait until your period is late.
                                                  Where Can I Get Emergency Birth
                                                  Control Pills?
                                                  •	 At	a	pharmacy,	family	planning	clinic,		
                                                     or	county	health	department.
                                                  •	 Visit	www.wvfree.org	for	a	list	of	
                                                     pharmacies	that	carry	emergency		
                                                     birth	control	pills.
                                                  •	 If	you’re	under	age	17	you’ll	need	a	
                                                     prescription	from	your	doctor,	family	
                                                     planning	clinic,	school	health	center,	
What Is Emergency Birth Control?
                                                     health	department	clinic	or	urgent		
•	 A	concentrated	dose	of	the	same	                  care	center.
   hormone	found	in	regular	birth	control.
•	 Can	safely	and	effectively	prevent	            What Else Should I Know About
   pregnancy	if	taken	within	5	days		             Emergency Birth Control Pills?
   after	having	sex,	but the sooner
   the better!                                    •	 It’s	a	backup	to	your	regular	method		
                                                     of	birth	control.
•	 Known	as	the	“morning	after	pill”	or	
   “Plan	B®.”                                     •	 It	doesn’t	protect	against	sexually	
                                                     transmitted	infections	(STIs),		
•	 Not	the	abortion	pill.                            including	HIV.
•	 Won’t	work	if	you’re	already	pregnant.         •	 It	won’t	harm	an		
                                                     existing	pregnancy.
When Do I Use Emergency Birth                     •	 Even	if	you’ve		
Control Pills?                                       used	emergency		
•	 Within	5	days	after	having	unprotected	           birth	control,	get		
   sex,	but the sooner the better!                   a	pregnancy	test	if	
                                                     your	period	is	over		
•	 If	you	didn’t	use	any	birth	control.
                                                     a	week	late.
•	 If	the	condom	broke.
                                                  •	 For	information	
•	 If	you	missed	2	or	more	birth	control	pills	      about	where	
   or	you	started	your	pack	late.                    you	can	get	
•	 If	your	diaphragm	slipped.                        emergency	birth	
                                                     control	at	low	or	
•	 If	you	missed	your	birth	control	shot.
                                                     no	cost,	visit		
•	 If	you	were	forced	to	have	sex.                   www.wvfree.org.


           The Sooner,                                        The Better.
                       The sooner
   you take the emergency birth control,

                         the better
     your chance to prevent pregnancy.



         The clock is ticking…




                     P.O.	Box	11042		
                                         	
                     Charleston,	WV	25339	
                     ph:	 304-342-9188			
                     fax:	304-342-9189
                     www.wvfree.org
This	brochure	has	been	made	possible	with	the	support	of	Advocates	for	Youth.

				
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