If you recently had sex where there is a risk of an unintended pregnancy, using a form of emergency contraception might be an option for you. If you are unsure as to whether there is a risk of an unintended pregnancy, give Planned Parenthood Ottawa a call.

There are three types of emergency contraceptives: the “Plan B” morning-after pills, the “Ella” morning after pill, and an emergency copper IUD insertion. None of these methods help to protect against STIs. If you’re not sure of your partner’s STI status, get tested a couple of weeks later.

Important: if you’re already pregnant, a form of emergency contraceptive is not going to terminate the pregnancy. It is NOT an abortion pill. The links above provide you with more information about each of these three emergency contraceptives.

What to expect

After taking “Plan B” or “Ella”, you may have some spotting, which is not your regular period. These medications can make your period come earlier or later than usual. If your period is three weeks late, even though you’ve taken emergency contraceptive pills, you should take a pregnancy test. Remember, if you’re pregnant, there are options available to you.

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