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Julie: An effective, FDA-approved pill to prevent pregnancy

Julie is a new healthcare brand that supports women in making educated decisions about preventing unwanted or mistimed pregnancies. 

If you recently had unprotected sex—like when a condom breaks or you missed a birth control pill—the Julie morning-after pill is a safe and effective way to prevent a pregnancy before it starts. It works by temporarily delaying or stopping ovulation. Find Julie at a CVS near you.
How the morning-after pill aka Julie works
Julie is made of 1.5mg levonorgestrel, a progestin-only emergency contraception that has been FDA-approved since 1999. It prevents a pregnancy from starting by stopping the ovary from releasing an egg and preventing sperm from fertilizing an egg. It’s most effective when taken 72 hours after unprotected sex, although the sooner you take it, the better it works.

89% effective when taken within 3 days (72 hours)

FDA-approved and legal in all 50 states

Available at CVS locations nationwide 

No prescription, credit card, or ID required

When to use Julie

There are plenty of reasons why you might need to take the morning after pill. Some of the most common ones are: 

• You had sex and didn't use birth control

• You missed 2-3 active birth control pills in a row before having sex 

• You and your partner only used the “pull out” method

• The condom broke or came off

Is Julie the abortion pill?

The morning-after pill is sometimes confused with medical abortion. While medical abortion is used to terminate an exisiting pregnancy, Julie prevents a pregnancy from starting in the first place. It can’t end or harm a pregnancy that has already started. Julie is FDA-approved and legal in all 50 states.

It won’t affect your fertility—no matter how many times you take it

Julie is not a permanent form of birth control—it only stops ovulation in the short term. When you start a new cycle next month, you’ll go through a brand new ovulation phase, which is a new opportunity to get pregnant. So if you’re planning on having babies in the future, rest assured your chances of getting pregnant won’t be affected by the pill, even if you take it multiple times.

How safe is Julie?
Very. The morning-after pill has been used by millions of women to prevent pregnancy for decades. There have been no reports of complications, and the pill does not affect your ability to get pregnant in the future. Emergency contraception has been extensively tested, studied, and approved by the FDA. It’s important to remember that Julie does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Make sure to use proper STD and HIV protection (like a condom) when having sex.

Questions about sex and pregnancy prevention? Head to our After Sex space on Quora where you can directly ask our team of doctors any question you have.

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