What are the different types of emergency contraception?
Ulipristal Acetate Pill (e.g., Ella): This pill can work up to 5 days after unprotected sex, and if you weigh up to 195 pounds (although it can be less effective if your BMI is 30 or more). You need a prescription for it and most pharmacies carry it. This option is available at Hey Jane.
Progestin Pills (e.g., levonorgestrel or Plan B): These pills work well up to 3 days after unprotected sex and if you weigh up to 165 pounds. It is available over the counter but can be obtained with a prescription. This option is available at Hey Jane.
IUD (intrauterine device): The IUD works well up to 5 days after unprotected sex and it doesn’t matter how much you weigh. However, an IUD needs to be placed in an office. The Copper IUD (Paragard) lowers your chances of getting pregnant by more than 99.9 percent if it’s put in within 5 days of unprotected sex. This option is not available at Hey Jane.