Algoma Public Health

Emergency Contraceptive Pill

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Should be used in emergencies such as:

• Your method of birth control failed (i.e. condom broke or missed pills)
• You didn’t use any birth control
• You were sexually assaulted

Remember: ECP is not a substitute for regular contraception and will not protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or HIV.

What is it? ECP is an “emergency backup” birth control, which can be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex (such as sex without contraception or when a contraceptive fails).

What is the ECP made from?
It is 1 pill made of a slightly higher dose of progesterone (a female hormone) than regular contraception.

When should I take ECP?
As soon as possible after an act of unprotected sex, up to 72 hours.

How does ECP work?
It disrupts steps to pregnancy depending on the women’s menstrual cycle.

Where can I get ECP?
ECP is available over the counter from your pharmacy or at Algoma Public Health.

For more information call: (705) 541-7100 or 1-800-726-0398