Do you provide emergency contraception? How does it work? When should I use it?

Yes, we provide two types of emergency contraception at our clinics, Plan B One-Step® and Ella®.

  • Plan B One-Step® contains the hormone levonorgestrel. Plan B One-Step® contains a higher dose of levonorgestrel than regular birth control pills, but works in a similar way to prevent pregnancy, mainly by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary.
  • Plan B One-Step® may also work by preventing fertilization of an egg or by preventing attachment (implantation) to the uterus (womb). You should use Plan B One-Step® within 72 hours (3 days) after you have had unprotected sex or experienced birth control failure.
  • Plan B One-Step® is available without a prescription.

ella® works by decreasing progesterone in the body which can stop or delay ovulation and may also change the lining of the uterus preventing the egg from implanting after ovulation.
ella® should be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure. ella® is only available by prescription.

The sooner you take any emergency contraception, the better it works. Emergency contraception is a backup method of birth control you can use when:

  • Your regular birth control was used incorrectly or failed
  • You did not use any birth control method

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1. How much will my exam, birth control cost, and testing cost?
2. Do I need an appointment or can I just walk in?
3. Are your services confidential?
4. Do you provide emergency contraception? How does it work? When should I use it?
5. What should I expect?
6. What if I can't pay for services?
7. Do my parents need to give consent for Birth Control and/or STD testing?
8. Do you see male clients?
9. Do you accept insurance?