Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception or EC

Emergency contraception (EC) is intended to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse, forced sex, or contraception failure.  The most common form of EC is the morning-after pill.

Plan B One-Step®

The morning after pill is commonly trademarked under the name Plan B One-Step®.  It contains large amounts of the hormone levonorgestrel found in some birth control pills.  The normal dosage for Plan B One-Step® is usually one tablet taken up to 72 hours (3 days) after sexual intercourse.  It primarily prevents ovulation or fertilization.  If fertilization of the egg has occurred,  it may inhibit implantation in the uterus.   However, Plan B One-Step® cannot disrupt an implanted pregnancy.


Another type of EC is called ella®.  The normal dosage for ella® is one tablet within 5 days (120 hours) after sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy. It works in the same way as Plan B One-Step® in that it may prevent ovulation or fertilization.  However, unlike Plan B One-Step® that cannot disrupt an implanted pregnancy, ella® is a chemical cousin to the abortion pill, Mifeprex™.  This means it has the same progesterone-blocking effect of disrupting the embryo’s attachment, causing an early abortion, whereby the implanted embryo is expelled from the uterus.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects of Plan B One-Step® and ella® may include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Stomach (abdominal) pain
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness

Possible Risks

There are no long-term studies on the safety of using this drug frequently over long periods of time.  Women who experience abdominal pain after taking ella® should be seen by a medical professional right away to rule out ectopic pregnancy which can be very dangerous and even life-threatening without medical attention.  ella® may not be as effective if taken with certain drugs, or may change the effectiveness of those drugs.  Also, the effect on pregnancies that continue after using ella® is unknown.

Plan B One-Step® and ella® cannot guarantee you will not get pregnant and it will not protect you against HIV/AIDS or any other sexually transmitted infections or diseases.

Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic does not provide or refer for abortion or emergency contraception.

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Frequently Asked Questions

PRC San Clemente offers a range of free pregnancy services, including free pregnancy testing, free ultrasounds, information on abortion and the abortion pill, and STD testing. We are here to provide support and information to women facing unplanned pregnancies in San Clemente and surrounding areas.

Our tests can be performed 7 to 10 days after conception. A client with a negative result may be invited to return within 2 weeks for a repeat test if she has not had her period.  

If you have taken a home pregnancy test, you may want to confirm results with a laboratory-quality test at our center or mobile clinic. Our tests detect HCg levels within 7 to 10 after conception.

While walk-ins are welcome, we recommend making an appointment to ensure you receive timely service. You can easily schedule an appointment online or call us at our San Clemente or Niguel mobile clinic.

You’ll be welcomed by our receptionist who will introduce you to your client advocate.  She will listen to you judgment-free and provide you with information followed by a pregnancy test.  Should your test be positive, one of our caring medical professionals will conduct a limited ultrasound to confirm if you have a viable pregnancy and date fetal age. 

Absolutely! You can bring your boyfriend, family member, or friend. We will first meet with you for the initial intake. Then, provided you have given us consent to have them in the room, your guest will be able to join you.

We adhere to a strict privacy and confidentiality policy. Clients will be protected from disclosure of information that violates the right to privacy except when required by law, required for public health reasons, required to avert a threat of harm to the client or a third person, or when other circumstances may reasonably warrant such use or disclosure without prior authorization (e.g., abuse reporting, suicide/homicide prevention, etc.).

Our professional, medical-grade lab quality pregnancy test can determine pregnancy on the first day after your first missed period. We recommend you make an appointment if you have missed a period, have any pregnancy related questions, or think you might be pregnant.

On-site ultrasounds are available after an initial intake with one of our client advocates.  Our limited ultrasound exams are performed by a licensed nurse sonographer or RDMS (registered sonographer) and reviewed by a licensed physician.  An ultrasound confirms a viable pregnancy and determines how far along you are.  To qualify for a limited ultrasound, you’ll need to be a minimum of 6 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period.

You can still meet with a member of our staff to discuss your concerns and review available options.  An ultrasound is recommended to know if your pregnancy is viable and in your uterus, since 20% – 25% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage.  Additionally, the ultrasound will show how far along you are to determine what type of abortion you would choose.  We can provide a limited ultrasound at no cost to you.

PRC San Clemente provides comprehensive information about all your options, including detailed information on abortions and the abortion pill. Our trained staff can answer your questions and provide non-judgmental support to help you make an informed decision.

Answer: Yes, we offer free STD testing to ensure your health and well-being. Early detection and treatment of STDs are crucial for your reproductive health.

PRC San Clemente is located in San Clemente, CA. We also have a mobile clinic in Niguel, CA, to better serve the surrounding communities such as Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Oceanside – Camp Pendleton, and San Juan Capistrano.

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