What is Emergency Contraception?

Emergency contraception (EC) is the only birth control method that can prevent pregnancy after you’ve had sex.

It is intended for emergency use following unprotected sex, birth control failure or misuse (such as forgotten pills or torn condoms), or rape or coerced sex.


How and Where Can I Get a Pregnancy Test?

To find out if you are pregnant, you must take a pregnancy test.  There are several ways to get a pregnancy test. 

You can:

  • buy a home pregnancy test at a drugstore (there is no minimum age to do this, and you do not need a parent’s permission)
  • go to your regular health care provider
  • get free pregnancy testing at a confidential health clinic, or
  • get free pregnancy testing at your school clinic, if it is offered.


When to Test

Timing is important – if you take a pregnancy test too early, it might show a negative result (not pregnant) even if you are pregnant!

To get an accurate pregnancy test result, you should take the test:

  • 14 days after you had sex, or
  • at least one day after your period is late.


What is mental health counseling?

Mental health counseling involves speaking with therapists (or counselors), who are people who are trained to listen to and help a person work through problems or questions he or she may have in life.  People choose to talk to a therapist for a lot of reasons.