The Emergency Contraceptive Pill is also known as ECP, the Morning After Pill or Plan B. ECP is used after sex to prevent pregnancy.
- It can be taken up to 5 days after having sex.
- The sooner it is taken, the better it works.
ECP can prevent an unplanned pregnancy when:
- No birth control was used
- Birth control pills, patch or ring were not used as intended (for ex., you missed taking your pill for three days)
- The condom slipped, broke or leaked
- The diaphragm or cervical cap dislodged during sexual intercourse or was removed too early
- There is a calculation error for the fertile period
- A sexual assault occurred; non-consensual sex
Health Canada issued an advisory stating the Emergency Contraceptive Pill:
- May be less effective in women weighing 75 to 80 kg (165 to 176 pounds)
- Is not effective in women weighing more than 80 kg (176 pounds)
Where to get the emergency contraceptive pill
You do not need a prescription to get ECP. You can get free ECP from:
- Walk-in clinics – call ahead to ask if they have free ECP
- Sexual Health Clinics
You can also pay for ECP at a pharmacy.
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