At Aanchor Health Center we offer the Morning After Pill as Emergency Contraception. This is a fall back method for women who may have had unprotected sex or had their birth control method fail on them. The Morning After Pill as described by the name, should be taken within 72 hours of intercourse for it to work accurately and prevent pregnancy.
Emergency Contraception as the name suggests is to be used in cases of emergencies and not as a regular means of Birth Control. If you are looking for regular birth control options, learn more here.
Keep in mind that Emergency Contraception is less likely to work if:
A woman has unprotected sex, or contraceptive failure again in the same menstrual cycle after taking the Emergency Contraceptive
A woman has already had unprotected sex, or contraceptive failure earlier in her menstrual cycle
She vomited within two hours of taking the morning after pill
The Emergency Contraceptive is not taken within the correct time and as directed
The Emergency Contraception will not work if the woman is already pregnant
How the Morning After Pill Works
Emergency contraception works in several ways depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle.
If ovaries have not released the egg, it may stop or slow this process
If an egg has been released, it may stop sperm from fertilizing it
If the egg has been fertilized, it may stop it from implanting in the uterus
At Aanchor Health Center we believe Reproductive Health Care access should be convenient and compassionate. We offer Saturday appointments that work with your schedule.