Emergency Contraception

There are multiple types of emergency contraception (EC), some of which are available without a prescription.

The Health Service Pharmacy provides Plan B without a prescription or appointment, and should be taken as soon as possible within 72 hours after unprotected sex. One dose of Plan B costs $20 at The Health Service Pharmacy, considerably less than most other pharmacies. Students may want to consider buying it in advance to have on hand in emergency situations.

Other types of EC can be effective up to 120 hours after unprotected sex. These include the Copper-T IUD, which must be placed by a doctor or other trained clinician, and Ella, a single dose prescription-only tablet.

Please be aware that not all forms of emergency contraception described here are available through NUHS. More information about EC is available through Bedsider. Additional resources to locate emergency contraception can be found through Bedsider’s Locator. If buying Plan B from an outside pharmacy, a coupon download is available through their website.