Did you have Unprotected Sex?
- You didn’t use a condom or other birth control method when you had vaginal sex.
- Your regular birth control failed (forgot to take your birth control pills, change your patch or ring, or get your shot on time) and had vaginal sex.
- Your condom broke or slipped off after ejaculation (cumming).
- Your partner didn’t pull out in time.
- Someone forced you to have unprotected vaginal sex.
Take Emergency Contraception (“The Morning After Pill”)
- There are two options to prevent pregnancy after you’ve had unprotected sex:
- Get a ParaGard IUD within 120 hours (5 days) after having unprotected sex. This is the most effective type of emergency contraception.
- Take an emergency contraceptive pill within 120 hours (5 days) after having unprotected sex. There are two types:
- A pill with ulipristal acetate. There is only one brand, called ella.
- You need a prescription for ella.
- You can take ella up to 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex.
- ella usually costs $50* or more.
- ella can be effective for all body weights.
- A pill with levonogestrel. Brand names include: Plan B One Step, Next Choice One Dose, Take Action, My Way, AfterPill, and others.
- These work best up to 3 days (72 hours) after unprotected sex. You can take these up to 5 days (120 hours) after sex, but they don’t work nearly as well by day 5.
- Plan B One-Step usually costs $40-50* and the other brands usually cost about $35-45.*
- Plan B may not be as effective for people 165 lbs or over.
- For more information on these options and what kind might be best for you, please visit: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/morning-after-pill-emergency-contraception
- Emergency contraception is available at your local pharmacy, such as CVS, Walgreens or Rite Aid.
- For Wesleyan Students:
- Emergency contraception is available at Davison Health Center for $22.* It will show up on your Student Account as Miscellaneous Health Fee.
Take a Pregnancy Test
You can take an at-home pregnancy test, which are typically urine tests that show if you are pregnant. They test for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which is released when a fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. Or, you can get a test from your health care provider by testing your blood.
- When Can I Take the Test?
- You can take a pregnancy test as soon as your period is late. Read the label on the pregnancy test box to see when the test may become effective.
- Tests become more accurate as you get closer to the date of your expected period. They are most effective once you have already missed your period.
- How Accurate Are Pregnancy Tests?
- Most home pregnancy tests work 99 out of 100 times if used after a missed period. They can be less effective if you take the pregnancy test too early, if you do not use it correctly, or if the test is expired.
- If the pregnancy test is positive, it’s important to visit a health care provider for another test. They can confirm the results and discuss your options.
- Where Can I Get a Test?
- Pregnancy tests are available over the counter at your local drugstore, such as CVS, Walgreens or Rite Aid. They usually cost around $15.*
- For Wesleyan Students:
- Pregnancy tests are available at Davison Health Center by appointment for $10.* The charge will show up on your Student Account as Miscellaneous. If you have the Wesleyan Health Insurance, it is covered and free. Appointments for pregnancy tests are considered urgent and so the first available appointment with a Provider will be given (likely 24 hours or less).
- The provider can also go over sexual and reproductive healthcare and options with you.
- You can also go to Rite Aid (on 10A Main Street) or CVS (on 675 Washington St).
*All prices are subject to change.