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Oops...Do I Need Emergency Contraception

A woman may utilize emergency contraception after a sexual encounter without protection or contraception.  Common indications include condom breakage and individual missing doses of oral contraception.

The US market offers two major products.  One contains estrogen and progesterone taken 12 hours apart.  The other contains progesterone only taken in a single dose or 12 hours apart.

These are equally effective emergency contraception preventing pregnancy up to five days between intercourse and implantation.  Side effects include nausea/vomiting, irregular bleeding, breast tenderness, fatigue, headache, and abdominal pain.

Obviously emergency contraception is less effective than other modes of birth control.  There are also studies showing the copper IUD's effectiveness as an emergency prevention of pregnancy.

So becareful and smart !



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