Perhaps the condom broke, it slipped off, you didn’t take your pill, or you and your partner both forgot to use any protection at all. Either way, the fact remains. It’s happened, and now you need to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. We’re here to help — we’ve listed all you need to know about emergency contraception, from your options to the cost involved and how to go about it.
What is emergency contraception?
Emergency contraception is meant to disrupt or delay ovulation (the release of an egg) or prevent fertilisation.
Types of emergency contraception
Emergency contraception pills, also called Plan B or the morning-after pill, prevent pregnancy and are different from abortion pills which actually terminate an existing pregnancy. (FYI, if you take a Plan B pill when you’re pregnant, it won’t induce an abortion.)
Less commonly, the intrauterine device (IUD), is a popular primary method of birth control. Although not usually used in emergent circumstances, it can be used as emergency contraception as well.
How do I obtain the pill or an IUD?
Whether you’re taking the pill or having an IUD inserted, you need to consult a doctor as the pills aren’t available over the counter. You will be able to obtain the drug from a doctor after a consultation. But do remember, you have to consult the doctor yourself. Your partner cannot consult the doctor on your behalf.
How much does it cost?
One Plan B pill costs around $50, while an IUD will set you back at least $400, although this IUD will remain effective for years.