Forgot to Take Birth Control Pill Forgot to Take Birth Control Pill If you forgot to take birth control pill and had unprotected sex, your mind is probably reeling with thoughts of unplanned pregnancy. Fortunately the OTC morning after pill EContra EZ is a great solution. This medication doesn’t require a prescription and prevents pregnancy before it happens. You are likely also wondering ‘where can I buy the morning after pill?’ You can simply order it online and have it shipped directly to you. Many women also order the medication to have on hand in case an accident does happen in the future. The day after pill (as it is often referred to) is only to be used as an emergency backup and not a regular form of contraception. Are Morning After Pills Over the Counter? One question that has led to a bit of confusion is ‘are morning after pills over the counter?’ That’s because the answer is both yes and no. Depending upon your needs and preferences, you may choose a prescription morning after pill like ella (which works for 5 days after unprotected sex) or EContra EZ (which is over the counter and effective for 3 days). The day after pill works by preventing ovulation, or the release of an egg from the ovaries. Without an egg present, the sperm has nothing to fertilize and as a result, there is no pregnancy. Over the Counter Emergency Contraception Over the counter emergency contraception is an excellent choice for women who have had unprotected sex. The sooner you take EContra EZ, the better it works. Contrary to many rumors, over the counter emergency contraception is NOT the same thing as an abortion. It’s a form of birth control, which is entirely different. Women who are 17 years of age or older can get EContra EZ without a doctor’s prescription. If you are already pregnant, this medication will not work. If you believe your most recent sexual activity was unprotected (condom broke, forget to take birth control pill etc.) you are a good candidate for the day after pill. Most women have few side effects from taking the over the counter morning after pill. Some of the most common however include menstrual changes, abdominal pain, headaches, dizziness and breast pain. Forgot to Take Birth Control Pill So you forgot to take birth control pill, step one is get to the pharmacy, or hop online, to order the morning after pill right away. If you would like to have some to keep on hand in case of another accident, this is also possible. It’s important to note however that you should use a more reliable birth control method and not rely on over the counter emergency contraception for routine pregnancy prevention.