the morning after pill

Do I have to pay for the morning after pill/emergency contraception if I do not have insurance?

Question:  Can i get the day after pill from you without having to pay? There was something unexpected that happened and i cant afford it.

Answer:  Family Planning works off of a sliding fee scale if a client does not have private insurance or Medicaid.  The clinic will ask you how much income your household brings in and how many people are living off of that income.  However, Family Planning can offer you services regardless of your ability to pay.

Emergency contraception needs to be administered within 72 hours of the unprotected sexual act.  Please call as soon as possible to schedule an appointment 352-0608.

I missed my pill, is it too late to take an ECP?

I’m on birth control but missed my pill on Saturday and took it Sunday when I remembered. I took my Sunday pill around the usual time then had unprotected sex afterward. Could I get pregnant now because I took that pill late? How will I know before it’s too late to take an ECP?”

A: “Anytime you miss or forget to take your pill its effectiveness decreases and the chance for an unintended pregnancy increases. The ECP can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex. However, the sooner it is taken the more effective it is at preventing an unintended pregnancy.”

Plan B

“so when do you get plan b pills and how long can you take them after you had sex”

A: The morning after pill can still be effective up to 3-5 days after having unprotected sex. The longer you wait to take it though, the less effective it will be. It is not 100% guaranteed to prevent pregnancy. Using a condom or other type of hormonal birth control can help you in the future as well.

Does the morning after pill make your period late?

“How long after you take the morning after pill can you expect to get your period. Does the lenght of time that has lapsed between you last period and the time you took the morning after pill effect how long you will have to wait to get your period? ie If you had your period, then took your pill for about a week, then forgot and had to get the morning after pill, would the fact that you only had your period a week ago mean you would be a good while waiting for your period after you have taken the morning after pill?”

A: “The morning after pill can cause your cycle to be early on-time or late. You may also experience minor changes in your menstrual flow. It could be heavier or lighter. If you do not get your period, contact Family Planning or your physician to take a pregnancy test. Always remember to use protection correctly and every time you have sex. The morning after pill is for emergencies only and should be used as a primary form of birth control.”

Morning after pill effectiveness

“My girlfriend and I had unprotected sex and I didnt pull out. She was on the pill for about a week but missed a day and didnt take it at the same time everyday. We were unsure and didnt want to take any chances so she took the morning after pill the next day. What are the chances of her getting pregnant and how is the menstrual cycle effected by the morning after pill.”

A: The morning after pill is between 75-90% effective depending on where in the menstrual cycle it is taken. After taking the morning after pill, some women experience spotting, cramping and even nauseau. Her cycle may be irregular that month. If she misses her next period, she could take a pregnancy to be sure she is not pregnant. In the meantime, it might be a good idea for your girlfriend to consult with her physician about a birth control method that would be easier for her to use correctly and consistently.

Morning after pill and unprotected sex

“If you have unprotected sex, and the guy came inside you but you never got the morning after pill, and then you have sex again, but this time you DID get the morning after pill, would it still work?”

A: The morning after pill can still be effective up to 3-5 days after having unprotected sex. The longer you wait to take it though, the less effective it will be. It is not 100% guaranteed to prevent pregnancy. If the two times you had unprotected sex were within that 3-5 day frame, then the morning after pill could still be effective. Using a condom or other type of hormonal birth control can help you in the future as well.

Can the morning after pill trick a pregnancy test?

“I had unprotected sex April 17th, he pulled out but i was still nervous so i took the morning after pill on the 20th, its now been 24 days since ive taken the pill and i still havent got my period. I took 2 pregnancy tests and they both came up positive is there anything in that pill that would trick the test or am i pregnant???? Please answer”

A: The morning after pill does not contain anything that would trick a pregnancy test. It may, however, delay your period from starting. Since both pregnancy tests you took came up positive, I suggest contacting your reproductive health care provider or Family Planning to make an appointment for a pregnancy test which will confirm whether or not you are pregnant. The morning after pill is not 100% effective at preventing a pregnancy. Always remember to use protection correctly and every time you have sex to greatly reduce your risk of an unintended pregnancy.