Emergency Contraception: Everything You Need To Know, Plus How To Save

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Katie Mui
Katie Mui is on the Research Team at GoodRx.
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In May, the makers of Vagisil, the popular over-the-counter cream for vaginal itching and irritation, launched Preventeza, their own version of the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP). This is a good thing: with more options available from online and local retailers, emergency contraception becomes more accessible and more people can prevent unplanned pregnancies. We’ll walk you through your options and ways to save.

What is emergency contraception?

Emergency contraception prevents pregnancy after unprotected sex, or if you suspect your regular birth control has failed. Here’s how each type of emergency contraception works:

Which levonorgestrel morning-after pill is best?

Preventeza, available for $46.99 on its website, joins a long list of morning-after pill options — but they all work the same and are equally as effective. This means choosing a brand comes down to how easy it is to get it and how much it costs.

The levonorgestrel ECP is available under the following brands:

Brand Price Where to get it
Preventeza $46.99* Various online and local stores
Plan B One-Step $35-$50
$10 coupon available)
Various online and local stores
Take Action $15-$40 Various online and local stores
My Way $11-$40 Various online and local stores
EContra EZ $21 (plus free shipping) PRJKT RUBY (online)
After Pill $21 (plus $5 shipping) After Pill website (online)
Aftera n/a Various local stores
Opcicon n/a Various local stores
Fallback Solo n/a Various local stores


*As of July 6, 2018, Preventeza is currently available in a “buy one, get one or give one free” deal as part of a marketing campaign to support women’s reproductive rights. This offer is available through the Vagisil website, and standard ground shipping is free. Find out more here.

Need it fast?

If you need emergency contraception urgently, your best bet is to go to a local drugstore or family planning center. Plan B or other levonorgestrel ECPs are available over-the-counter, so you do not need a prescription.

You can get ella with free overnight shipping for $67 from PRJKT RUBY. One of their physicians will write you a prescription based on your answers to their online questionnaire.

Need it just in case?

Emergency contraception should be used just for that — emergencies. It’s not recommended to use emergency contraception in place of regular birth control. That being said, you may find having the ECP on hand will bring you peace of mind, especially since Plan B and other levonorgestrel ECPs work better the sooner it’s taken. This gives you an opportunity to look around and see how you can get it cheaper, even if it takes a few more days for shipping.

Morning-after pills have a shelf life of a few years, so it’s important to keep track of the expiration date on the box when you purchase it. Also be aware that third-party online retailers may be selling expired or soon-to-expire emergency contraception.

Need it cheap?

If you’re not in the pinch for emergency contraception, you probably have some time to shop around. Here are tips on how to save on ECPs, especially if you don’t have health insurance.

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