Emergency Contraception (aka "The Morning After Pill")
UW-Whitewater students may purchase one type of emergency contraceptive (EC) pill, Plan B, during a visit with a Medical Assistant at UHCS (see the FEES page for pricing information). This medication is also now available over the counter for purchase by males or females at pharmacies and other stores, and prices will vary by location.
If you are a woman of reproductive age, you may qualify for the Family Planning Only Services program in Wisconsin, which covers the cost for many birth control methods, annual exams, Paps and STD testing and treatment. To find out more, see our Family Planning Only Services page.
From an Expert at UHCS:
Emergency contraceptives are medications or devices designed for use after unprotected intercourse has occurred to help reduce the risk for pregnancy. These are often one of the less effective methods of birth control and should not be considered a regular or “go-to” means of birth control. They typically work by delaying ovulation a couple days, thus possibly prolonging the “fertile window” of your cycle, meaning that if unprotected intercourse occurs again within the same cycle, you’re once again at risk for pregnancy.
Typical side effects of EC pills include nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain, breast tenderness, headache, dizziness, and fatigue. These usually resolve within 24 hours. If vomiting occurs within 1-2 hours of use, contact your health care provider as another dose may be needed. Another common side effect is spotting or change in timing of menses in the weeks following its use. If menses does not occur within 3-4 weeks, you should have a pregnancy test.
There are other forms of emergency contraception that may be more effective than Plan B, particularly if it’s been more than 72 hours since unprotected intercourse or for women who are overweight or obese or using certain medications (such as for seizures or infections). If you’re interested in learning more about these alternative forms of emergency contraception, such as prescription medication Ella or the copper IUD Paragard, please schedule an appointment with a physician or nurse practitioner.
~ Liz Falk, Nurse Practitioner
not-2-late.com (Link is http://ec.princeton.edu/index.html) a not-for-profit website that explains all options available for emergency contraception, including FAQs.
Family Planning Health Services: Wisconsin-based resource for information and supply of Plan B. http://www.fphs.org/index.cfm?event=ViewPage&contentPieceId=12432
Bedsider.org website (http://bedsider.org/) an interactive website that explores the pros and cons of all birth control methods available to help you explore what option(s) may be best for you. Also offers reminders for birth control methods or appointments. You can even earn rewards for meeting goals!
If you have any questions, please call our office at 262.472.1300 or schedule an appointment online.