Nov. 7, 2019

“Emergency birth control—which includes different kinds of pills and the copper IUD—helps prevent pregnancy for up to five days after unprotected sex,” says Kecia Gaither, MD, director of perinatal services at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. “Emergency contraception will not work if you’re already pregnant—it can only stop ovulation. If you take these pills after a fertilized egg has implanted in the uterine wall, the medication just won’t work.”

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