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  Emergency Contraception (the morning after pill):
Women need to hear about it. Health care providers need to talk about it. Pharmacists need to stock it. {US}

What Is It? A safe, effective, back-up birth control method.

What Does It Do? Prevents a pregnancy after unprotected sex or birth control failure. EC does not interrupt a pregnancy and will not work if a woman is already pregnant.

When Can I Use It? Works within 5 days of unprotected sex

Brand Names Of Pills: Plan B

What's In The Pills? Plan B contains the hormone progestin. These are the same hormones found in daily birth control pills.

When Do You Take It? The sooner EC is taken after an episode of unprotected sex, the better it works. It works up to 5 days after unprotected sex. The 2 pills can be taken at one time.

What Happens to Your Body? Side effects can include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headache, dizziness and breast pain. The next period sometimes comes a few days early or a few days late.

How Much Does It Cost? The average cost is between $20 and $40.

How Effective Is It? Taken correctly, EC reduces a woman's chance of becoming pregnant by 75 to 95 percent.

Do You Have To Tell Your Parents? No

Insurance plans that cover birth control pills usually cover EC.

How Do I Find It? Ask your health care provider or call (888) NOT-2-LATE or visit www.not-2-late.com

  Tuesday, March 22 is Back Up Your Birth Control Day {US}

More than 100 national and local medical organizations and women's health advocacy groups are uniting to educate women, pharmacists, and health care providers about EC.

During the week of Back Up Your Birth Control Day, NARAL Pro-Choice New York will train activists to visit pharmacies and talk to pharmacists about EC to let them know the critical role they play in helping women obtain this important method of contraception.

Volunteer with NARAL Pro-Choice New York to help educate New York pharmacists about EC. It's quick, it's simple and it can make an incredible difference.

Here's how YOU can be part of Back Up Your Birth Control Day!

Get Trained!
Monday, March 21 at 6:30 pm, join NARAL Pro-Choice New York to learn how to educate a local pharmacist about emergency contraception.  During the training, volunteers will receive a pharmacist education tool kit (including a script, survey, and response form), Back Up Your Birth Control Day materials and a training on how to conduct the survey.  You'll then be assigned to visit a New York City pharmacy that is not currently stocking EC.

To sign up for the training, send an email to volunteers@prochoiceny.org with a subject line of "Sign me up for the training" or call 212.343.0114 x25.  Please RSVP by Thursday, March 17 at 5:00 pm.

Can't Get Trained? Get A Kit!
If you cannot participate in the volunteer training, you will only need two things to train yourself: a Pharmacist Education Tool Kit (including a script, survey, and response form) and the Back Up Your Birth Control Day materials (leave-behinds for the pharmacist).

To request your tool kit and materials, send an email to volunteers@prochoiceny.org with a subject line of "Send me a tool kit" and include your mailing address.  We will email you your copy of the toolkit, and send you your materials before March 22.  Please let us know you would like a tool kit by Thursday, March 17 at 5:00 pm.

  Emergency Contraception And Medical Abortion:
What's The Difference? 

Get an easy-to-read explanation on The Access Project's web site. The Access Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding women's access to reproductive choice. Only when women of all socioeconomic levels have access to abortion services in secure settings will they truly have the right to choose.

The Access Project's mission is to integrate early abortion into primary medical care through:

• Facilitation of training of primary care physicians, advance practice clinicians, and other healthcare providers in early medical and surgical abortion methods.

• Removal of financial, legal, and administrative obstacles to providing early abortions.

• Development of a national network of primary care abortion providers.

• Advocacy for family physicians and other primary care practitioners becoming early abortion providers through conferences, publications, and other forums.

  Take Action for Back Up Your Birth Control Week! {US}

March 22 is Back Up Your Birth Control Day and Planned Parenthood has three ways that you can take action to help make Emergency Contraception more accessible and spread the word about this important health care option.

1. Back up your birth control: Get an advance prescription for EC from your doctor or Planned Parenthood to have in your medicine cabinet - just in case. And suggest it to your friends too!

2. Come to an event at PPNYC: Planned Parentood NYC has three events during Back Up Your Birth Control Week, where you can learn more in-depth info about EC from the experts, take action to help spread the word and meet other activists! Click on each event below to get more details and sign up.

March 19, 10am-noon - Emergency Contraception: Help Spread the Word
March 22, 6-8pm - Emergency Contraception: Government Regulation and Issues of Access
March 24, 6-8pm - Emergency Contraception 101

Bring a friend, family member or co-worker to an event with you. Everything's more fun with friends!

3. Make sure you have all the facts about EC: Can't make it to PPNYC events, but want to get the info? Click here to find out more about EC.

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