Health Issues

Emergency Contraception

(also known as "the morning after pill")

Emergency Contraception (EC) can be taken up to 72 hours (or longer) after unprotected intercourse but it is most effective if it is started right away. Dudley Coe Health Center distributes the Emergency Contraception "Plan B" to women students at Bowdoin. Plan B is more effective and better tolerated than other forms of EC.

We want you to be prepared. Ask us for a pack of Plan B (it's free!) so you have it on hand if you need it. Call x3770 for an appointment to pick up Emergency Contraception.

You can learn more about Emergency Contraception from the following sites:

Back Up Your Birth Control
Promotional information about options for preventing unintended pregnancy with emergency contraception.

Not-2-Late
An Emergency Contraception website operated by the Office of Population Research at Princeton University and by the association of Reproductive Health Professionals.

Planned Parenthood
Comprehensive information about issues related to fertility, including Emergency Contraception. Includes information about initiatives to improve access to EC.

The ProChoice Resource Center
Sponsor of the EC Does It, a program to help grassroots organizations educate and organize their states around EC.

American Medical Women's Association
Check out AMWA's Sex and Sensibility Campaign, a program to promote awareness and sensible use of Emergency Contraception to reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions in the United States. Take the Sex and Sensibility IQ test!