Can teens get emergency contraception without parental permission?

Yes. Anyone can get emergency contraception (also known as Plan B or the Morning-After pill), no matter how old you are. Plan B is available over-the-counter at most drugstores. Even your partner or a friend can buy the pill for you. It can cost anywhere from $25-$50. For lower-cost emergency contraception, you can visit a Planned Parenthood or Title X clinic. Whole Woman’s Health clinics also offer emergency contraception. You can read more about where to get emergency contraception here.

If you have unprotected sex, taking emergency contraception within 120 hours (5 days) makes it MUCH less likely that you will get pregnant. The sooner you take the pill, the more effective it will be (it is significantly more effective in the first 72 hours (3 days). Depending on the type you choose to take, you will either take a single pill or two pills 12 hours apart.

If you are over 165 pounds, emergency contraception may be less reliable for you. Ella works best for people over 165 pounds, but you may need to get it ahead of time since it requires a prescription. The copper IUD is an effective method of emergency contraception for people of any weight, but it needs to be inserted by a doctor.

If you are able to get a prescription, you might consider using ella™, as it is just as effective if used on the fifth day after unprotected sex as it is on the first day after unprotected sex. Learn more here.

You can also order emergency contraception online from certain approved retailers – but they don’t offer expedited shipping, so that’s just for stocking up ahead of time!

The morning-after pill is NOT the same as the abortion pill, which must be purchased and taken at a licensed abortion facility, and is effective until 10 weeks of pregnancy.


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