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Access to Emergency Contraception

Plan BEmergency Contraception (EC) is a safe and effective form of back-up birth control that can prevent pregnancy if taken within 120 hours – or 5 days – of unprotected sex, contraceptive failure, or sexual assault. EC is most effective the sooner it is taken, ideally within the first 24 to 48 hours;therefore timely access to this important medication is essential to all women.

Previously, women of all ages needed a prescription from a doctor in order to access EC. However, in August of 2006 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved EC, brand name Plan B, for sale over-the-counter without a prescription for women 18 years of age and older. In 2013, EC was made available to women of all ages without needed a prescription.

In order to provide local women with more information about accessing EC, the Campaign for Access to Emergency Contraception has conducted a survey of local pharmacies to find out which ones carry over-the-counter EC and how much it costs.

Click here to see the survey!

We have also compiled a list of other local points of access for EC, such as Planned Parenthood, McKinley Health Center, and the Urbana School Based Health Center.

Click here to see other local points of access!

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