What is emergency contraception (also known as “the morning-after pill”)?
- Emergency contraception (EC) prevents pregnancy. EC will not disrupt an existing pregnancy.
- EC pills that contain the progestin hormone levonorgestrel (LNG) are sold as Plan B One-Step®, Take Action™, My Way™, Aftera®, and others. One-pill LNG EC products are available over-the-counter (OTC) without age restrictions.
- EC pills containing ulipristal acetate are sold under the brand name ella® and are prescription only.
- EC pills work best if taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex but may work up to 5 days after.
- EC is safe for women of all ages to use.
What are the restrictions for purchasing EC over-the-counter? Do customers need to show ID?
- There are no age or point-of-sale restrictions on the OTC purchase of 1.5-mg LNG EC products (Plan B One-Step® and generic equivalents).
- Ulipristal acetate (ella®) is available by prescription only.
- Any woman or man of any age can purchase LNG EC products without needing to show ID.
- There is no limit on the number of packages that a person can purchase.
- A woman can get a prescription for LNG EC if she needs that for insurance reimbursement.
Emergency contraception in Wyoming:
- Many pharmacies and clinics stock various types of EC products.
- See our Brochure for additional information.
Other things that are good to know:
- LNG EC may be less effective and ella® may be more effective for women who weigh more than 165 pounds.
- LNG EC is preferable for women who need EC due to missed or late pills, patch, or ring.
- Basic information about the EC methods available in the United States and ideas about how to be an advocate for EC are available here.
[Source: American Society for Emergency Contraception; American College of Clinical Pharmacy Women’s Health Practice & Research Network]