Accidents happen. Maybe you mess up your birth control or forget to use a condom. But since it can take several days for pregnancy to happen after sex, there’s still something you can do. Emergency contraception is a safe way to prevent pregnancy up to five days after unprotected sex. It mainly works by stopping sperm from meeting with an egg. There are two options for emergency contraception: The copper IUD or the morning-after pill. Getting a copper IUD inserted within five days of unprotected sex. is the most effective type of emergency contraception. It works as well if you get it inserted on day five as it does on day one. And as a bonus, it keeps giving you super effective pregnancy protection for up to 12 years Or until you have it removed. But sometimes it hard to get appointment for an IUD on such short notice. So call your local Planned Parenthood health center or doctor as soon as possible. The morning-after pill is NOT the same thing as the abortion pill. It won’t end an existing pregnancy. There are two kinds of morning-after pills. Ella is the most effective kind of morning after pill. You can take Ella up to five days after unprotected sex and it works just as well on day five as it does on day one. You’ll need a prescription from a Planned Parenthood health center or your doctor to get Ella. Plan B and other generic pills like it are the next best option for emergency contraception. There’re available without a prescription from most drug stores and pharmacies. You can be any gender, any age, and walk in and buy it without ID. You can take Plan B up to five days after unprotected sex. But the sooner you take it, the better it works. It’s most effective when taken within three days after unprotected sex. Morning-after pills really lower your chances of getting pregnant, but they don’t work as well as using regular birth control. So it’s best to find a regular method of birth control and save the morning after pill for emergencies. Sometimes insurance covers emergency contraception. If you’re worried about cost, Planned Parenthood can help. Check out PlannedParenthood.org for more information on emergency contraception.