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Can I Get Emergency Contraceptive Pills Before I Need Them?
I'm starting on birth control pills soon, but I'm not sure yet if I'll be able to remember to take them every day. Is it possible for me to get emergency contraceptive pills before I need them, in case I forget to take my regular birth control pills?
Yes -- it is a good idea to keep some emergency contraception in your medicine cabinet or bedside dresser in case of an accident. Having an emergency contraceptive medication on hand will let you take it as soon as possible after unprotected sex, when it is most effective.
If you are younger than 17 years old, you can ask your healthcare provider for a prescription that you can fill ahead of time. Just make sure to be aware of expiration dates on medications. If you are sexually active, or are planning to be, don't use emergency contraception as your only protection against pregnancy.