New Research in Emergency and Postcoital Contraception
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- Westley, E., Rich, S. & Lawton, H. Curr Obstet Gynecol Rep (2014) 3: 150. doi:10.1007/s13669-014-0079-6
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Emergency contraception (EC), including both emergency contraceptive pills and the intrauterine device (IUD) used post-coitally, is a unique part of the contraceptive method mix. Clinicians still have an important role to play in making EC information and services available, even though one EC method is available without a prescription in the US and a number of other countries around the world. Women need accurate information about EC in general, and about the specific options that may be most effective for them, including ulipristal acetate and the IUD. Given confusing media messages about EC and weight and unclear clinical guidance, clinicians may wish to pro-actively raise EC in routine clinical encounters. They can also take part in ensuring that EC is offered to women who are receiving treatment after sexual assault.