IntheKnow:Emergency Contraception - Preventeza™

Today more than ever, women have a number of trusted contraceptive methods to choose from. Even so accidents can still happen. In fact, 1 in 2 pregnancies are unintended. That’s why we’re launching Preventeza™ Emergency Contraceptive. To help women take ownership of their reproductive health without shame. To be prepared, not panicked, in that stressful moment. Because it’s never an emergency when you’re prepared.


Emergency contraception is a backup method of pregnancy prevention. These questions will help shed some light on how Preventeza™ works.

Have you had unprotected sex or birth control failure in the last 72 hours?

  • Yes.
  • We get it, accidents happen. But you do have options. Preventeza™ is most effective at helping to stop pregnancy before it starts when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex or birth control failure.
  • No.
  • Preventeza™ should only be used as a backup method of preventing pregnancy and should not be used as regular birth control. If you haven't had a birth control failure, we recommend continuing the same methods you have been.


Birth control failure happens, but there are ways to help ensure your protection works the way it’s supposed to. If you take monthly birth control pills, take them as directed. It’s easy to forget, but skipping pills can make them less effective at preventing pregnancy. (We’re fans of setting a phone alarm to remember.) When using condoms, check for expired foils or condoms that feel brittle to the touch—they’ll be more prone to breakage. When all else fails, Preventeza™ will help stop pregnancy before it starts.


How do emergency contraceptives work?

Preventeza™ contains a hormone that has been used in many birth control pills for several decades, just in a higher dose. That hormone, levonorgestrel, works mainly by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary. It is possible that the hormone may also work by preventing fertilization of an egg (the uniting of sperm with the egg) or by preventing attachment (implantation) to the uterus (womb). Emergency contraceptives are nothing to be ashamed about; preparing yourself to be in control is a decision to be proud of.

Is Preventeza™ an abortion pill?

Preventeza™ is not an abortion pill. It will not work if you are already pregnant and will not affect an existing pregnancy. If you have further questions, call 1-800-719-9260.

What are the side effects of using emergency contraceptives?

Some women may experience side effects including, changes in their period, such as a period that is heavier or lighter or a period that is early or late. If your period is more than a week late, you may be pregnant. Other side effects may include nausea, abdominal pain, tiredness, headache, dizziness, or breast tenderness. If you have severe abdominal pain, you may have an ectopic pregnancy, and should get immediate medical attention. If you vomit within 2 hours of taking the medication, call a healthcare professional to find out if you should repeat the dose.

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