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Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception

There are 2 kinds of ECs available:

  1. hormonal methods; and
  2. copper IUD.

1. Hormonal methods:

2 options are available that delay the release of an egg when taken before ovulation:

  • Plan B – 1 pill taken within 72 hrs of unprotected sex.
  • Ella – 1 pill taken within 5 days of unprotected sex.

EC does not replace regular methods of birth control. These medications are available from a pharmacy, sexual health clinic, or your community health centre.

2. Copper IUDs:

  • Can be used as emergency contraception within 7 days of unprotected intercourse.
  • Copper destroys sperm so it can’t fertilize an egg.
  • If a sperm does fertilize an egg the IUD prevents it from attaching to the uterus wall.
  • Requires a prescription.
  • Requires a health care professional to insert.
  • Can be left in place for 3 to 10 years depending on the brand used.
  • Requires a health care provider to remove.


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