What is E.C.?
Sure you’ve heard people talk about E.C., but you’re
not sure about it. E.C. stands for emergency
contraception, also known as Plan B, or “the morning
after pill.” E.C. can be taken up to five days after
having unprotected sex or if the condom breaks. E.C.
is a good back up plan if you’re worried about getting
pregnant. As explained by Diane Lamont of UCSC health
center, “the sooner you use E.C, the more effective it
is.” Many of you might have heard that E.C. is like
the abortion pill, RU486, but it’s not. E.C. works by
controlling your hormones to keep you from getting
pregnant and the abortion pill helps you to have a
miscarriage, so the pills are used for two different
purposes. E.C. does not protect against HIV, AIDS or
other STD’s, and E.C. can make you nauseous and bleed
quite a lot, so it should not be used on a regular
basis for birth control. E.C. is only for an
E.C. can be found in all of the local pharmacies in
Watsonville and in Santa Cruz that are listed to the
right. Some pharmacies require that you come with a
doctor’s prescription beforehand, but not all of them.
So, remember: if you ever find yourself in a situation
were the condom breaks or you didn’t use protection,
get E.C.... before it’s too late!
CLICK HERE to see where to get
emergency contraception in Santa Cruz.