How Does the Morning After Pill/Emergency Contraception Work | Planned Parenthood Video

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 for more information on emergency contraception.

44 Replies to “How Does the Morning After Pill/Emergency Contraception Work | Planned Parenthood Video”

  1. my girlfriend took the pill 4 hours after we had sex and she is due for her period today – the 3rd and we had sex on the 1st…. will she miss this period or will she have it? and if she does have it what will happen next? please help

  2. How many plan b pills are there? I bought the plan b and it came with one pill, but I've seen videos with 2 plan b pills

  3. I applaud Planned Parenthood, for all of the work that they do to help women's health.  As a male, I just wanted to say Kudos to the organization.  Regardless of one's point of view about the subject of abortion, the fact that there is an organization whose goal is to help women in their health is admirable.

  4. I am really confused how Ella is claiming that it is "just as affective" if you take it on day 1 or day 5 after unprotected sex. I know Plan b states that taking the pill sooner rather than later, makes it more affective. That makes sense to me. Plan B is 95% affective because that 5% failure rate has to do with your egg being released. Once your body releases the egg, there is nothing you can do to prevent fertilization. The morning after pill cannot help you. That's why sooner is always better. So how is Ella claiming that it is just as affective even 5 days later? The only way they can claim that is if they can eliminate a fertilized egg – which would be similar to the abortion pill. Does anyone know how Ella works? Just curious.

  5. I took the Plan B pills once, and I'm glad I did. If you are raped, go to a secular hospital and ask for the Ella pill.

  6. me n my gf had many times of unprotected sex on one night. and she took a pill on a 3rd day. she got only four days for her menstruation cycle. now its already been a 6 days not having a menstruation cylce from her actual menstruation cylce date. i am really worried if she might get pregnant. 😣pls help!!!

  7. PLEASE HELP— I used it approx. 45 minuets after protected( condom broke) sex and have had ZERO side effects I'm worried

  8. HEELPP!!–Question. I had unprotected sex with this girl. I pulled out, she also told me she was under birth control pills, also, to make sure nothing happens, she's going to take a Plan B pill. I know its not 100% pregnancy proof, but i just wanted to know aproximately what might be the chance, low or not?

  9. If I took the pill four hours after protected sex (condom broke) will it be ok? I've been feeling cramps an hour after I took plan B but I finished my period four days ago is that a good sign?

  10. Me in my girlfriend had sex Monday but I had pick her up from her house in I had to pee at the gas station because I was holding it on the way there to her house but we get back to my place we doing it but we could finish because my mom was on her way home so we stoped and she forgot when she had her period so is there anyway she can get pregnant form that? U think when I peeped the left over sperm in my penis left

  11. If i and my gf do continuous sex for 3 days .then after she takes emergency pill then will it be effective ??continuous sex means 3-4times per day(total for 3 day ).

  12. Hey so i gave my girlfriend the plan b pill 8 hours after unprotected sex. The condom slipped out but I pulled out but my only concern is the precum so What are the chances of her getting knock up ?

  13. She took plan B about 12 hours after unprotected sex, and then took Ella about 36 hours later (she was ovulating during unprotected sex and we've heard bad things about this combo). Will let you know the results of this.

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    My girlfriend and I had sex and it broke when I took it off when we were done but I’m not sure if it was broken during sex, she took a plan b pill an hour after but she believes she ovulated he day before we had sex is that a problem?

  16. IMPORTANT: The latest research shows that exactly 50% of people die from Abortions….If the fetus is not "alive", then what are we ending here? I pray you come to your senses to realize that human convenience should not override human life.

  17. i had unprotected sex 3 times in a row, and i took plan b 3 days after, will i still get pregnant if he pulled out every time? (also i don’t remember the last time i had my period.)

  18. Stopping sperm from meeting the sperm 5 days after sex?!!! Unlikely. The IUD works to irritate the endometrial lining of the uterus to prevent a newly conceived human life from implanting in the uterine wall for nourishment and development. This is an early abortion, not contraception.

  19. This video doesn't feel right at all.
    It trivializes what is actually a huge event which in turn requires an important decision.

    The video content makes light of this situation with the tra-la-la music and skips over the details of what actually happens to the body of my wife. That concerns me.
    We are not deciding whether to cancel our Netflix subscription after a free trial period!
    It's a serious moment that requires solid information.

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