Emergency Contraception (EC)

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Emergency Contraception:

Emergency contraception is a method of preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex. Emergency contraception prevents ovulation from occurring, which subsequently prevents pregnancy. EC is different from abortion (please see abortion for more information). Most forms of emergency contraception can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex, but the effectiveness decreases with time.

Student Health Services

Local Stores

  • Walgreens and Schnucks offer emergency contraception. Common products are Plan B and Next Choice. Prices may vary, likely ranging between $40-60.

The Spot

  • Number: 314-535-1413
  • Location: 4169 Laclede Ave
  • Website: The Spot
  • The Spot is open to individuals between the ages of 13-24. It offers free emergency contraception, along with other services (free contraception, birth control, and STI testing). Walk-in appointments are available between 1pm-5pm Monday-Friday. Calling the day before to get an appointment (at 11am) is highly recommended. 

Planned Parenthood

  • Address: 4251 Forest Park Avenue
  • Number: 314-531-7526
  • Website: Planned Parenthood
  • Planned Parenthood offers emergency contraception on a walk-in basis for $35. Planned Parenthood also offers birth control, medicinal and procedural abortions, post-abortion counseling, gynecological exams, and pregnancy testing


  • Website: Ella
  • Ella is an emergency contraception that contains ulipristal acetate (as opposed to the progesterone only options- Plan B). A prescription is needed to order it. After attaining a prescription, Ella ships the emergency contraception to the requested address.