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Emergency contraception is most effective if used as soon as possible after sex. It is important to note that it does not protect against STIs (sexually transmitted infections). Do not use emergency contraception as your only form of birth control.
Most types of emergency contraceptive pills are available without a prescription or a visit with your health care provider. If you are younger than 17, you may need a prescription. Talk with your pharmacist about your options.
If you take emergency contraceptive pills while you are pregnant, it will not end your pregnancy or harm your baby.
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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