Current Obstetrics and Gynecology Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 150–154

New Research in Emergency and Postcoital Contraception

Family Planning (A Burke, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s13669-014-0079-6

Cite this article as:
Westley, E., Rich, S. & Lawton, H. Curr Obstet Gynecol Rep (2014) 3: 150. doi:10.1007/s13669-014-0079-6


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.


Emergency contraception (EC)Family planningPericoital contraceptionObstetrics/gynecologyIntrauterine device (IUD)Emergency contraceptive pills

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Consortium for Emergency Contraceptionhosted by Family Care InternationalNew YorkUSA