Emergency Contraception – “Morning After Pill”

Emergency contraception, also known as “Plan B”, “One Step”, “Next Choice”, or “My Way”, all commonly referred to as “the morning after pill” is available over the counter at the Yale Health Pharmacy as well as most local pharmacies. These pills are effective up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse, but may work up to 120 hours after. The sooner it is taken the better it works.

If it is 3-5 days after unprotected intercourse you can call Ob/Gyn (203-432-0222) for a prescription for “Ella” which is effective up to 120 hours but is only available with a prescription.

If you weigh more than 175 lbs. or have a BMI more than 30, you should call Ob/Gyn to discuss your options.

If you have questions about emergency contraception, you may call Ob/Gyn (203-432-0222) or Student Health (203-432-0312) if you are a Yale student, and ask to speak with one of the nurses. All information is confidential.

If you are concerned about an experience that might have led to pregnancy, you might be concerned about sexually transmitted infections.  Click here to learn more about STI testing.