Free Emergency Contraception

Access to safe, reliable contraception is an essential part of basic health care.  And we believe that all of us should have access to the tools we need to stay healthy and plan for our future and our families — including access to emergency contraception.

Accidents happen- no judgments. Incidences of unprotected sex can be caused by the heat of the moment but it can also result from a failed primary birth control option like a broken condom, or cases like sexual assault. Whatever happened, it’s important to know that you have options available to you in that time of need. Yes, even though the deed has been done, there is still a way to lower your risk of getting pregnant and we're here to help.

We are offering free over the counter emergency contraception, called Preventeza. 

Email us at help@womenhaveoptions.org if you need a dose urgently or would just like to have some on hand.

*We're also looking for community groups and businesses who would like to have EC on hand and be a resource in their community. Email stephanie@womenhaveoptions.org to get a case (or several).

In Columbus, you can get this EC for free at Your Choice Healthcare. Call ahead at (614)927-0500 and let them know you need EC.

 

Frequently asked questions about Emergency Contraception:

How does EC work?

Most emergency contraceptives use the same ingredient as most birth controls pills—just at a higher dose—to help prevent pregnancy before it starts.

A:

While there are many brands, the one we are currently carrying is Preventeza™

Preventeza™ / Levonorgestrel Tablet, 1.5 mg is one tablet with levonorgestrel, a hormone that has been used in many birth control pills for several decades. Levonorgestrel Tablet, 1.5 mg contains a higher dose of levonorgestrel than birth control pills, but works in a similar way to prevent pregnancy. It works mainly by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary. It is possible that Levonorgestrel Tablet, 1.5 mg may also work by preventing fertilization of an egg (the uniting of sperm with the egg) or by preventing attachment (implantation) to the uterus (womb).

  • Contains 1.5 mg of Levonorgestrel
  • Use as directed within 72 hours of unprotected sex
  • Works mainly by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary. May also prevent fertilization of an egg or prevent a fertilized egg from being attached to the uterus
  • Not for regular birth control
  • Does NOT protect against sexually transmitted infections

Is EC like medication abortion?

The short answer is NO.

A:

TLDR: NO. 

Emergency contraception commonly referred to as the morning-after pill, Plan B (which is a brand), or EC, is not the “abortion pill.”  It postpones ovulation before pregnancy can occur, emergency contraception serves as a safe and effective birth control option when things don’t work out as planned. When you fear that you could become pregnant because your contraception failed or because you had unprotected sex, you need fast, timely access to this backup birth control option.

Click HERE for general information about emergency contraception from Planned Parenthood.

For specific information about Preventeza™ the brand of EC we are currently giving away, click HERE.

How Effective is it?

A:

If Preventeza/ Levonorgestrel Tablet, 1.5 mg is taken as directed, it can significantly decrease the chance that you will get pregnant. About 7 out of every 8 women (unfortunately, the study did not include N/B folks or trans men) who would have gotten pregnant will not become pregnant.

*There is evidence that progesterone only EC (over the counter EC) is less effective (still effective, but not as much) for larger folks. Ella or a copper IUD insertion may be the best option if you weigh more than 170 lbs

Are there side effects?

A:

Some may experience the following side effects:

  • Changes in your period, such as a period that is heavier or lighter or a period that is early or late. If your period is more than a week late, you may be pregnant. 
  • If you have severe abdominal pain, you may have an ectopic pregnancy, and should get immediate medical attention. 
  • When used as directed, Levonorgestrel Tablet, 1.5 mg is safe and effective. Side effects may include changes in your period, nausea, lower stomach (abdominal) pain, tiredness, headache, dizziness, and breast tenderness. 
  • If you vomit within 2 hours of taking the medication, call a healthcare professional to find out if you should repeat the dose.