Search for an Emergency Contraception (Plan B) Provider in the United States
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In the United States, emergency contraceptive pills are available without prescription for women and men 17 and older. Just ask your pharmacist for Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, Next Choice or Levonorgestrel tablets.
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Emergency contraceptive pills are stocked by all major pharmacy chains, but be sure to call ahead to make sure that EC is available in your pharmacy. There are currently five different brands of emergency contraceptive pills (sometimes called the "morning after pill") that may be available in U.S. pharmacies. There are different regulations for how to purchase the different pills, so it can be a bit confusing.
- Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, Next Choice and Levonorgestrel Tablets are approved for sale without prescription to women and men 17 and older. Women aged 16 and younger need a prescription.
- Plan B (the original version, which contains 2 pills instead of one) is still carried in some pharmacies but is being phased out.
- 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.
To get Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, Next Choice or Levonorgestrel Tablets without a prescription, you may be asked to show proof of your age. Any government-issued ID (not only US government) is acceptable proof of age and it does not need to be a photo ID. You will have to ask the pharmacist for EC; it will not be on the shelves but instead will be kept behind the pharmacy counter.
If you already have a pack of regular birth control pills, you may be able to use them for emergency contraception (click here to find out more about which oral contraceptives have been proven safe and effective for preventing pregnancy after sex). However, these brands of pills are not as effective as dedicated pills like ella, Plan B One-Step, or Next Choice. ella is the most effective EC pilll available in the U.S., particularly on the 4th or 5th day after sex.
If you are too young to buy EC over-the-counter, or if you need a prescription for insurance reimbursement, or you want to use ella (a prescription-only product) you can search our directory for health care providers (including pharmacists in some states) near you in the United States who will write prescriptions for ella, Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, Next Choice, Levonorgestrel Tablets, or the daily birth control pills you can use as emergency contraceptive pills. You can search for a provider in the US or search by pill brand to find emergency contraceptive pills worldwide.
Everyone in this database has told us that they are willing and qualified to provide emergency contraception. However, we cannot guarantee they will give you a prescription, and we cannot vouch for the quality or costs of their services. If you have not used this directory before, you can click here for more information about it. And please let us know if you have problems with anyone in this directory or find that a listing is incorrect or if a pharmacist refuses to dispense EC to you.
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