What is emergency contraception (or emergency birth control)?
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, emergency contraception, or emergency birth control, is used to help keep a woman from getting pregnant after she has had unprotected sex (sex without using birth control).
Your spouse should use emergency contraception if:
- She didn’t use birth control
- She was forced to have sex
- The condom broke or came off
- You didn’t pull out in time
- She missed two or more birth control pills in a row
- She was late getting her shot
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, emergency contraception should not be used as regular birth control. Other birth control methods are much better at keeping women from becoming pregnant. Talk with your doctor to decide which one is right for your spouse.