Emergency contraception is no longer provided at the Frederick County
Health Department. If you have a need or have questions about emergency
contraception, contact Planned Parenthood MD at 301-662-7171 or your pharmacy.
What is Emergency Contraception?
Emergency contraception (EC) can help prevent pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse.
The EC pill is a birth control pill but taken in a higher amount prescribed by a doctor.
EC should be taken as soon as possible
after unprotected sex, but could be taken within 72 to 120 hours,
depending on the product. The sooner you take it, the more effective it will be.
How Does it Work?
EC pills work in one of 3 ways:
By preventing sperm from fertilizing the egg
By preventing you from releasing an egg
By preventing the egg from attaching to the uterus
If you are already pregnant, the EC Pill will not work. The EC Pill will not end or harm a pregnancy.
Why Would I Need EC?
Some possible reasons for needing EC are:
The condom broke or slipped off
Birth control pills were missed
Your regular contraceptive shot was missed or late