Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception (EC) or Plan B, previously called the “Morning After Pill,” is a back-up method of birth control that can be used up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse. A woman may use Emergency Contraception in the following situations:

  • After a condom breaks or slips off

  • Birth control pills were missed or you are late on a shot, patch, or ring

  • Diaphragm or cervical cap were used without a spermicide

  • IUD came out

  • You were forced to have intercourse against your will

Emergency Contraception is available over the counter at pharmacies in California. The cost is covered by Medi-Cal, Family PACT, and private insurance, but you may be required to pay a $10 consultation fee if you go to the pharmacy without a prescription. There are several ways you can obtain a prescription:

  • Call the Women’s Community Clinic at (415) 379-3800

  • You can print your own script to take with you to a pharmacy. The San Francisco City Clinic website can help you do this.

To find a pharmacy that offers Emergency Contraception:

  • Log on to www.ec-help.org or ec.princeton.edu

  • Call (888) NOT-2-LATE

  • (In California) you may be able to go directly to a pharmacy and get Plan B without a prescription