The Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP) can prevent a pregnancy when used soon after a single act of unprotected sexual intercourse or following failure of birth control (e.g. the condom breaks, missed pills).
ECP can be taken up to 120 hours or 5 days (the sooner, the better) following intercourse. It is important to note that it is not 100% effective in preventing pregnancy and offers NO protection against sexually transmitted infections. The Emergency Contraceptive Pill is available at the Health & Wellness Centre for a small cost.
Students can call and speak to one of the nurses to discuss emergency contraceptive options. If the Health & Wellness Centre is closed, please visit your nearest pharmacy and request the Emergency Contraceptive Pill or "Plan B".
For more information about the various types of Emergency Contraception, please visit What's Next For Me.
If you're unsure whether you should consider emergency contraception, the Sex & U website from the Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) has a helpful tool called SOS - Stay on Schedule that can help you decide your next steps.
Condoms can be a very effective form of birth control if used correctly every time.
External Condom - instruction video developed by our Sexual Health Team
Internal Condom - instruction video developed by our Sexual Health Team