Sunday, April 19, 2009

Good to Know

Did you know that Canadian women can get the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) without a prescription? If you've had unprotected sex, you can take the ECP within 3 days to avoid pregnancy. The ECP works best within 72 hours after sex - the earlier you can take it, the better.

You can get an ECP at any pharmacy and you will receive two high-dose hormonal pills which prevent ovulation or implantation of a fertilized egg. All pharmacists should give you this pill, regardless of their own personal beliefs; if the pharmacist you speak to gives you any hassle, you can report it to the College of Pharmacists.

The ECP is also a really good idea to consider for traveling. If you're going to a foreign country, it could be wise to try and get ECPs before you go - you never know when you might need them.

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