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Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception

Last Reviewed : 12/25/2020
Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception (EC), or emergency postcoital contraception, are birth control measures that may be used after sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy.

Forms of EC include:

  • Emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs)—sometimes simply referred to as emergency contraceptives (ECs) or the "morning-after pill"—are drugs intended to disrupt or delay ovulation or fertilization, which are necessary for pregnancy (contraceptives). ECPs and "abortion pills" are not the same. ECPs work by preventing or delaying ovulation and therefore preventing pregnancy, not by abortion.
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)—usually used as a primary contraceptive method, but sometimes used as emergency contraception.

 

We researched this topic for you and found the following best online resources. They are categorized into basic, advanced, and research level based on the extent of information you need. You will be taken to the respective websites by pressing on the links below.

 

Basic information:

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception-guide/pages/emergency-contraception.aspx nhs uk emergency contraception (morning after pill, iud)

http://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/emergency-contraception web md emergency contraception

http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/contraception-emergency.html kids health emergency contraception

http://www.healthline.com/health/birth-control-emergency-contraception-options health line emergency contraception options

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007014.htm medline plus emergency contraception

http://www.fpa.org.uk/contraception-help/emergency-contraception emergency contraception

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/morning-after-pill/basics/definition/prc-20012891 emergency contraception

https://www.fpnsw.org.au/health-information/contraception/emergency-contraception emergency contraception

http://www.thinkcontraception.ie/emergency-contraception/your-emergency-contraception-choices.231.1.aspx think contraception emergency contraception

http://youngwomenshealth.org/2013/05/23/emergency-contraception/ center for young womans health emergency contraception

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/contraception-emergency-contraception better health contraception - emergency contraception

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/drugs_devices_supplements/hic-emergency-contraception cleveland clinic emergency contraception

http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/women-s-health-issues/family-planning/emergency-contraception merck manuals(consumer version) emergency contraception

 

Advanced information:

http://who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs244/en/ world health organistion emergency contraception fact sheet february 2016

http://patient.info/in/health/emergency-contraception-leaflet patient emergency contraception

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0401/p545.html an update on emergency contraception by michele c. Bosworth, md; patti l. Olusola, md; and sarah b. Low, md, university of texas health science center at tyler, tyler, texas am fam physician. 2014 apr 1;89(7):545-550.

http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm358082.htm fda approves plan b one-step emergency contraceptive for use without a prescription for all women of child-bearing potential for immediate release: june 20, 2013

https://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/health-issues/emergency-contraception-not-the-best-for-adolescents american college of pediatrics emergency contraception – not the best for adolescents

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/304527.php medical news today emergency contraception: what is the morning-after pill?

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/emergency_contraception/article_em.htm emedicine health emergency contraception

http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/emergency-contraception-state-laws.aspx national conference on state legislatures emergency contraception state laws emergency contraception

http://www.ucsusa.org/our-work/center-science-and-democracy/promoting-scientific-integrity/emergency-contraception.html#.v655p9kufp0 union of concerned scientists science overruled on emergency contraception

http://fusion.net/story/282367/abortion-emergency-contraception-supreme-court/ fusion here’s what happens in your body when you take emergency contraception and why it’s totally different than abortion

 

 

Research:

http://www.scopemed.org/fulltextpdf.php?mno=44673 ectopic pregnancy after levonorgestrel emergency contraception by ahmet karatas et al., karatas a et al. Int j reprod contracept obstet gynecol. 2013 dec;2(4):749-750

http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fphar.2015.00315/full mini review article front. Pharmacol., 12 january 2016 | http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2015.00315 mechanism of action of ulipristal acetate for emergency contraception: a systematic review by elena rosato

http://njcmindia.org/uploads/5-4_414-418.pdf chavan gm, waghachavare vb, chavan ms,chavan vm, gore ad,dhumale gb. A study of knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding contraceptive services among health workers in sangli district of maharashtra, india. Natl j community med 2014: 5(4);414-8

http://europepmc.org/backend/ptpmcrender.fcgi?accid=pmc4186851&blobtype=pdf dawson a, tran n-t, westley e, mangiaterra v, festin m (2014) improving access to emergency contraception pills through strengthening service delivery and demand generation: a systematic review of current evidence in low and middle-income countries. Plos one 9(10): e109315. Doi:10.1371/journal. Pone.0109315

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/6/1174 pediatrics december 2012, volume 130 / issue 6 from the american academy of pediatrics policy statement emergency contraception committee on adolescence

http://sogc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/gui280cpg1209e_000.pdf emergency contraceptionno. 280, sept. 2012 (replaces no. 131, aug. 2003)

this clinical practice guideline has been prepared by the social and sexual issues committee, reviewed by the clinical practice gynaecology committee and the family practice advisory committee, and approved by the executive and council of the society of obstetricians and gynaecologists of canada.

http://www.nature.com/articles/srep08487 association between levonorgestrel emergency contraception and the risk of ectopic pregnancy: a multicenter case-control study by jian zhang et al., scientific reports 5, article number: 8487 (2015) doi:10.1038/srep08487

http://bmchealthservres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12913-015-0815-2 workforce interventions to improve access to emergency contraception pills: a systematic review of current evidence in low- and middle-income countries and recommendations for improving performance by angela dawson bmc health services research201515:180 doi: 10.1186/s12913-015-0815-2

 

Other helpful resources(support groups):

http://www.ec-ec.org/ european consortium for emergency contraception (ecec)

http://www.cecinfo.org/ the international consortium on emergency contraception

http://kff.org/womens-health-policy/fact-sheet/emergency-contraception/ the henry j kayser family foundation emergency contraception

 

Related videos:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypl5n9atpne emergency contraception mode of action animation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn8feakox5i how does the morning after pill/emergency contraception work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vozr9vhemo the science of 'plan b' - emergency contraception

 

Presentations/quiz/newspaper articles:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health-news/8-common-myths-about-emergency-contraception/articleshow/42981540.cms times of india 8 common myths about emergency contraception

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20690716,00.html health 9 biggest emergency contraception myths

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/15/morning-after-pill-available-girls-under-16-ellaone the guardian morning-after pill made officially available to girls under 16

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