About Our Directory of Emergency Contraception Providers
Any medical doctor and many other types of health care providers (such as nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants) can prescribe emergency contraception, but not everyone who is qualified actually does so.
There are currently five brands of emergency contraceptive pills that may be available in the United States. There are different regulations on how to purchase the different emergency contraceptive pills available in the United States, so it can be a bit confusing. Be sure to call the pharmacy first to be find out which brands of EC are in stock, so you know whether you need a prescription. For a comparison of the EC pills available in the U.S., click here.
- ella is sold by prescription only, regardless of age. You can also order ella through an online prescription service for $40, including next-day shipping.
If you are under 17, and you already see someone for regular check ups or other health issues, it’s probably best to start with them – preferably before you need emergency contraception. But we know that’s not always possible: You might not have a regular health care provider, you may be concerned you can’t get in to see them soon enough, you may feel they would not be sympathetic to your situation, or you might just prefer to see someone else. If you live in a state that allows pharmacists to prescribe emergency contraceptive pills directly to women of any age, the fastest way to get them may be to contact a pharmacy listed in our directory – especially if you need emergency contraception at night or on a weekend or holiday when your regular health care provider might not be available. Be aware, though, that ella might not be included in the medications that pharmacists can directly prescribe, so be sure to call first.
In this directory, you will find health care providers in private practice, family planning clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, and other types of health care settings who offer information about and prescriptions for emergency contraception. Everyone listed has said they are willing and able to prescribe emergency contraceptive pills. However, we can make no claims about the quality or cost of their services offered, so we encourage you to exercise caution when choosing a provider of emergency contraception – just as you would with any other decision about your medical care. It’s also possible that a provider listed in our database may be out of the office or has moved away. If the person you ask for is not available, please ask to be referred to someone else who can help you. (Click here for more calling tips). And let us know so that we can update our database.
We have made every effort to gather accurate information for this directory, but some names and phone numbers may have changed. If you find an error, please email email@example.com so that we can correct it.
If a pharmacist refuses to dispense emergency contraception to you, please let us know.
If you are a clinician with authority to prescribe medication, or represent a pharmacy that dispenses emergency contraception and you would like to be added to this directory, please click here.