Is Emergency Contraception safe?


Yes, almost all women can use at least one type of emergency contraception. No deaths have been linked to using emergency contraceptive pills, and medical experts agree there are no situations where the risks of emergency contraception outweigh the benefits of being able to prevent pregnancy after sex.

Women can safely use emergency contraceptive pills (the "morning after pill") even if their health care provider recommends against using the birth control pill (usually that’s because she is at risk of stroke, heart disease, blood clots, or other cardiovascular problems). Medical experts agree that using estrogen and progestin (the hormones found in these pills) on an emergency basis does not carry the same risks as taking them every day.