WHO Emergency Contraception(2018/2/2)
- Emergency contraception (EC) can prevent up to over 95% of pregnancies when taken within 5 days after intercourse.
- EC can be used in the following situations: unprotected intercourse, concerns about possible contraceptive failure, incorrect use of contraceptives, and sexual assault if without contraception coverage.
- Methods of emergency contraception are the copper-bearing intrauterine devices (IUDs) and the emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs).
- A copper-bearing IUD is the most effective form of emergency contraception available.
- The emergency contraceptive pill regimens recommended by WHO are ulipristal acetate, levonorgestrel, or combined oral contraceptives (COCs) consisting of ethinyl estradiol plus levonorgestrel.