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Emergency Contraception

Levonorgestrel emergency contraception pills (generic Take Action is available at Walgreens at Vaden. It can be dispensed to either the patient or the partner. Patients can also receive emergency contraception by making an appointment with a Vaden nurse.

The cost of 'Take Action' varies from $30-$60. If Vaden is closed, there are other community options, including

Ulipristal acetate, known by the brand name ella, is also available at Vaden but requires a prescription. This pill may be more effective than Levonorgestrel pills if more than 72 hours have passed since unprotected sex.

  • It should not be used more than once in the same menstrual cycle.
  • Ulipristal acetate may reduce the contraceptive effects of regular hormonal contraceptive methods, and you will need to use a reliable barrier method of contraception (i.e. condoms) for the rest of the cycle.

You should seek immediate medical care if severe stomach or pelvic pain develops, which may be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy.

For additional information about other emergency contraception options, including how to use birth control pills for emergency contraception or the copper IUD, call Vaden or go to Bedsider.org

Be sure and follow-up with Vaden for a regular and reliable form of contraception.