BREAKING: In April 2013, a federal judge ruled that the age and identification restrictions around EC must be removed and the products moved onto pharmacy shelves. Read Advocates for Youth's statement on the landmark decision.
Although current use of regular contraception prevents as many as 1.65 million teen pregnancies in the United States each year, as many as 750,000 to 850,000 teens still experience a pregnancy and nearly 80 percent are unintended.
Emergency contraception (EC), also known as the morning after pill or Plan B®, could avert about 50 percent of pregnancies and consequent abortions among U.S. teens each year. Unfortunately, less than one-fourth of teenage women know that taking EC after unprotected intercourse can prevent pregnancy. Once informed about EC, most teens say they would use it in an emergency.
If you are conducting research on adolescents and emergency contraception, visit Advocates for Youth's Research Guide on EC.