Emergency contraception, also called the morning after pill, is medication given to reduce the chance of pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse or contraceptive failure. Emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, it is meant for one-time emergency protection and is not as effective as other forms of birth control.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved over-the-counter sale of emergency contraception (levonorgestrel: Next Choice®, Plan B® One-Step, My Way) to men and women age 17 and older. If you are 17 or older and want to buy emergency contraception, you do not need a prescription and you can purchase this at local pharmacies, including the HUHS Pharmacy. You will need a government-issued form of ID, such as a driver’s license, that proves you are at least 17 years old. Adolescents age 16 and younger need a prescription for emergency contraception.

HUHS dispenses this medication at our regular clinics, in Urgent Care, and at the HUHS Pharmacy. There is no charge for female Harvard students over the age of 17.

For additional information, contact your HUHS clinician during regular hours or Urgent Care at (617) 495-5711 during evenings, weekends, and holidays.