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Online Emergency Contraception

When it comes to taking charge of your reproductive health, choosing a safe and effective birth control method should be at the top of the list. But whether you use the pill, condoms, or a combination of non-hormonal options, each approach can lead to an unplanned pregnancy. The only 100% effective form of birth control is abstinence, i.e. never having sex!

It's common knowledge among sexually-active adults that skipping even one birth control pill can increase the chances of getting pregnant. Thankfully, there are options if you have unprotected sex or suspect contraceptive failure, e.g. the dreaded “broken condom.” 

Looking for emergency contraception online, the 2 popular options you are likely to find if you search "how to buy the morning after pill," are Plan B and Ella. Consider these the last line of defense in preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex, or when other forms of birth control have failed.

What is Plan B? 

Plan B is a pill taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, and is used to prevent unwanted pregnancy. The active ingredient in Plan B is a hormone called levonorgestrel. There are several brand-name Levonorgestrel pills, similar to Plan B, that are all effectively the same. Other Levonorgestrel pills include

  • Option-2

  • Next Choice

  • Take Action 

  • My Way 

Where Can I get Plan B?

Plan B is FDA approved and sold over the counter in the United States. This means you should be able to walk into a drugstore and purchase Plan B over the counter. That said, whether you will find Plan B at your local drugstore depends on where you live and what the inventory of the pharmacy is at that time. In certain states, you may have a hard time buying Plan B over the counter. If you are traveling away from home, or live in a county that is less likely to carry the morning after pill, you can order Plan B online and have it delivered directly (and discreetly) to your door.

What does Plan B Cost?

With wisp, the cost of Plan B (levonorgestrel) is $17. However, when you shop over the counter—depending on the label—levonorgestrel pills can range from $20-65. Research and compare brands online or ask a pharmacist for your options.

How Does Plan B Work? 

The main thing to understand about how Plan B works is that emergency contraceptives prevent pregnancy before it begins—they do not terminate an existing pregnancy. Plan B is not the same thing as an abortion pill.

In addition, Plan B is not a prophylactic and therefore does not protect against STIs, nor does it take the place of daily hormonal birth control. A daily hormonal birth control pill is still statistically more effective at preventing pregnancy than routinely using Plan B.

What Does Plan B do?

Plan B works by preventing fertilization of the released egg. Many combination birth control options works the same way—Plan B just works at a much higher dose. 

Every medications has side effects that vary based on user-sensitivity. Plan B is no exception. Common Plan B side effects include:

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Abdominal pain

  • Irregular bleeding

  • Breast tenderness

 How long can I wait to take Plan B?

In order to be effective, Plan B must be taken within three days (72 hours) of unprotected sex. If your current circumstance prevents you from obtaining Plan B over the counter, it may be a good idea to purchase Plan B ahead of time. Many of us never plan on having unprotected sex, but millions of humans face the morning-after-reality each year. Being prepared is never a bad thing. 

What is the Difference Between Plan B and ella? 

ella

  • Requires a prescription

  • Will be equally effective up to 5 days after unprotected sex

  • Less effective for people over 195 lbs or who have a BMI over 35

  • Not recommended if currently taking hormonal birth control pills or breastfeeding

Plan B

  • Sold over the counter

  • The longer you wait, the less effective it will be (recommended within 72 hours of unprotected sex)

  • Less effective for people over 165 pounds or who have a BMI over 25

Getting a prescription for ella online is the fastest way to get your meds. If you have to schedule an in-person appointment, you may be better off trying to buy Plan B over the counter at a pharmacy.

And while it's unfortunate both pills have weight limitations which impact their effectiveness, it just means that they may be less effective outside those parameters. If weight or BMI is a consideration, Ella is considered a more effective choice.

It is important to note that if the egg has already been fertilized, neither Plan B nor ella are effective. This is why it is important to take the morning-after pill as soon as possible after having unprotected sex.