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Is Emergency Contraception Right for Me?Many women will need emergency contraception during their lifetime. It is estimated that about half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintentional. Unfortunately, there is no way to know for certain if you will become pregnant from a sexual encounter. However, if you have had sex in the past 72 to 120 hours (three to five days) and do not want to become pregnant, you might consider EC.
- You did not use birth control
- Your partner used a condom, but it broke or slipped off
- Your diaphragm or cervical cap came out or broke
- You take birth control pills and have missed taking some of them
- You were more than two weeks late in getting your birth control shot (Depo-Provera®)
- You were forced to have sex
- You have any reason to believe your regular form of birth control failed.