Emergency contraception online: peace of mind when you need it most

Whether it's the morning after or the middle of the night, our board-certified doctors are just a click away when you need emergency contraception online. Book an appointment to find the right emergency contraception solution today.*

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Insurance can cover doctor-prescribed morning-after pills

*Prescriptions are provided at the doctor’s discretion. Learn more about our controlled substances policy and how to save up to 80% with our prescription discount card.

What is emergency contraception (morning-after pill), and how does it work?

Emergency contraception is a safe and effective method to prevent pregnancy when birth control fails or if you've had unprotected sex. It works by delaying or preventing ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary). It may also thicken the uterine lining and cervical mucus to make it harder for sperm to reach the egg or for a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus. It's important to start it as soon as possible after unprotected sex for the best results.



Benefits of getting emergency contraception online:

  • Affordability: By getting a prescription from one of our board-certified doctors, emergency contraception options like Plan B may be fully covered by insurance, rather than costing full price over-the-counter.

  • Peace of mind: In unexpected situations, emergency contraception offers peace of mind, reducing the risk of an unplanned pregnancy.

  • No interference with regular contraception: Individuals can resume their usual contraception after taking these medications to maintain ongoing protection.

  • No need for an in-office appointment: Emergency contraceptive pills can be prescribed without an in-person exam. 


The way you take emergency contraception may depend on the specific medication. Your doctor will provide guidance tailored to your needs. Timing is crucial; generally, the sooner you take it after unprotected sex, the better it works.


Emergency contraception options

  • There are two FDA-approved pills for emergency contraception. Ella is a highly effective prescription medication for emergency contraception. It contains ulipristal acetate, which can be taken up to 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex. It's available with a doctor's prescription and is considered one of the most reliable methods of emergency contraception.

    Plan B, often referred to as the "morning-after pill," is a widely accessible over-the-counter option for emergency contraception. However, with a doctor's prescription, insurance may partially or fully cover the cost. It contains levonorgestrel and should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex. Plan B is most effective when taken within 72 hours (three days) after an encounter.

    Any of these options are effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy when used correctly and promptly after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. It's essential to discuss the best choice for your situation with your doctor to ensure you receive the most appropriate and effective care.

Emergency contraception side effects and risks

Emergency contraception is generally safe when taken according to your doctor’s guidance. However, some common side effects of emergency contraception pills include:

  • Nausea

  • Fatigue

  • Menstrual changes, including your next period coming earlier or later than expected


Rare side effects may include allergic reactions or severe abdominal pain. It's essential to consult your doctor if you experience any unusual or severe symptoms.

Emergency contraception FAQs

  • How long do the effects of emergency contraception last?

    The effects of emergency contraceptive pills are temporary and designed to prevent pregnancy from one specific instance of unprotected sex. They do not provide ongoing birth control for additional sexual activity.

  • How much does emergency contraception cost?

    The cost may vary depending on the specific type of emergency contraception. However, if you have insurance, doctor-prescribed emergency contraception may be partially or fully covered.

  • Can I use emergency contraception multiple times?

    Emergency contraceptive pills are intended for occasional use. If you find yourself needing them frequently, consider discussing long-term birth control options with one of our doctors.

  • Does emergency contraception affect my fertility?

    No, using either emergency contraception or long-term birth control does not impact future fertility. These medications and devices are all reversible, meaning you can stop them at any time and your cycles and fertility will return quickly.

How to get emergency contraception online

Step 1

Book an appointment to discuss emergency contraception.

Book your same-day appointment from anywhere.

Step 2

Talk to your doctor about emergency contraception options.

Visit a board-certified doctor on your smartphone or computer.

Step 3

Pick up your emergency contraception.

We can send prescriptions for pills to any local pharmacy.

Emergency contraception pricing details

How it works

To get an emergency contraception prescription, join our monthly membership and get discounted visits.

Paying with insurance

Membership

$16.99/month

First month free

Visits

Copay

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:

    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • United Healthcare

Paying without insurance

Membership

$16.99/month

First month free

Visits

$129

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129.

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If we're unable to treat you, we'll provide a full refund.

Sources:

PlushCare is dedicated to providing you with accurate and trustworthy health information.

  1. Women's Health. "Emergency Contraception." Accessed on November 7, 2023, at https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/emergency-contraception.

  2. World Health Organization (WHO). "Emergency Contraception." Accessed on November 7, 2023, at https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/emergency-contraception.

  3. Mayo Clinic. "Morning-After Pill." Accessed on November 7, 2023, at https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/morning-after-pill/about/pac-20394730.

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