Algoma Public Health

Emergency Contraceptive Pill

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An Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP) is an “emergency backup” birth control (also known as the morning after pill), which can be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex.


It is 1 pill made of a slightly higher dose of progesterone than regular contraception. It should be taken as soon as possible after an act of unprotected sex, up to 72 hours. It will not affect an established pregnancy and it will not protect you from a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or HIV. 


Don't Delay

A quicker way to access an emergency contraceptive pill is to visit a local pharmacy. There is more than one product available, and you can speak with a pharmacist about accessing an ECP that is affordable for you. You can also visit a walk-in clinic and healthcare providers. ECP's are also available at a reduced cost by booking an appointment though APH. Contact our Sexual Health and Information Line (SHIL): 705-541-7100 or 1-800-726-0398


Looking for someone else to talk with? Free, anonymous and inclusive counselling is available 7 days a week with Sexual Health Ontario at 1-416-392-2437 or TF 1-800-668-2437.


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