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Emergency contraception review: evidence-based recommendations for clinicians

Author(s): Cleland, Kelly C.; Raymond, EG; Westley, E; Trussell, James

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Abstract: Several options for emergency contraception are available in the United States. This article describes each method, including efficacy, mode of action, safety, side effect profile and availability. The most effective emergency contraceptive is the copper IUD, followed by ulipristal acetate and levonorgestrel pills. Levonorgestrel is available for sale without restrictions, while ulipristal acetate is available with prescription only, and the copper IUD must be inserted by a clinician. Although EC pills have not been shown to reduce pregnancy or abortion rates at the population level, they are an important option for individual women seeking to prevent pregnancy after sex.
Publication Date: 2014
Citation: Cleland, K, Raymond, EG, Westley, E, Trussell, J. (2014). Emergency contraception review: evidence-based recommendations for clinicians. Clinical obstetrics and gynecology, 57 (741 - 750). doi:10.1097/GRF.0000000000000056
DOI: doi:10.1097/GRF.0000000000000056
ISSN: 0009-9201
Pages: 741 - 750
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Clinical obstetrics and gynecology
Version: Author's manuscript

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