Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception, also known as Plan B, is available at Health Services.  The cost is $14.  Please call and speak to one of our nurses or stop by Parton during clinic hours. 

After You Take the Pills

  • Your next period may be earlier or later than usual.
  • Your flow may be heavier, lighter, more spotty, or the same as usual.
  • If you see other health care providers before you get your period, remember to tell them that you have taken emergency contraception pills.
  • Schedule a follow-up visit with your clinician if you do not have your period in three weeks or if you have symptoms of pregnancy
  • Be sure to use another method of contraception if you have vaginal intercourse any time before you get your period again.
  • Continue using the birth control method of your choice for as long as you want to avoid pregnancy.

Side Effects

Side effects associated with the use of ECPs usually taper off within a day or two.

  • Half of the women who take the combined pills feel sick to their stomach, but only for about 24 hours.
  • Less than one out of five women throw up with combined pills.
  • The risk of nausea and vomiting is lower with progestin-only ECPs.
  • Breast tenderness, irregular bleeding, dizziness, and headaches may also occur.

There has been no reports of serious complications among the millions of women who have used ECPs.

Frequent use of ECPs may cause periods to become irregular and unpredictable.  The side effects of anti-nausea medication may include drowsiness.  Please follow the precautions on the package insert.

Health Services
Centeno House
1st & 2nd Floor
Phone: 802.443.5135
Fax: 802.443.2066

Centeno House
3rd Floor
Phone: 802.443.5141
Fax: 802.443.3407

Sports Medicine
Field House
Phone: 802.443.3636
Fax: 802.443.2094