Teens and Birth Control
Emergency contraception can be used if you have had unprotected sex or you think your birth control method may have failed. The pills can prevent a pregnancy
when taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex, although they are most effective
when used within 72 hours. A copper IUD is sometimes used as emergency contraception and can prevent pregnancy if it is
inserted within 5 to 7 days after you have had unprotected sex.
If you have had unprotected sexual intercourse or you think your birth control
method may have failed, emergency contraception is a backup to prevent a
It's a good idea to have emergency contraception on hand or a prescription for emergency contraception in case you ever need it. Talk to your health
professional or a family planning clinic about this.
If you do use
emergency contraception, be sure to follow up with your health professional to
find an effective, ongoing method of birth control.
information, see the Emergency Contraception website at