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Do I need to call a doctor if I use emergency contraception

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You don’t have to call a doctor after using emergency contraception, but if you have questions or anything worries you, go ahead and check with your doctor. You don't need any routine follow-up exam or tests. If your next period is more than a week late, you should take a pregnancy test.

SOURCES:

Anne Elizabeth Burke, MD, associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics, director of family planning, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Kelly Cleland, MPA, MPH, researcher, Office of Population Research, Princeton University.

Alexandra Gold, MD, fellow in family planning, OB/GYN, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

KidsHealth: "IUD."

Office of Population Research at Princeton University: The Emergency Contraception Web Site: "Copper-T IUD as Emergency Contraception," "Side Effects."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: The Intrauterine Device (IUD.)"

UpToDate: "Emergency Contraception," "Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)," "Levonorgestrel," "Long-term Methods of Birth Control," "Ulipristal.""Intrauterine Contraception."

PlanBOneStep.com.

MyNextChoiceOneDose.com.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2018

SOURCES:

Anne Elizabeth Burke, MD, associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics, director of family planning, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Kelly Cleland, MPA, MPH, researcher, Office of Population Research, Princeton University.

Alexandra Gold, MD, fellow in family planning, OB/GYN, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

KidsHealth: "IUD."

Office of Population Research at Princeton University: The Emergency Contraception Web Site: "Copper-T IUD as Emergency Contraception," "Side Effects."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: The Intrauterine Device (IUD.)"

UpToDate: "Emergency Contraception," "Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)," "Levonorgestrel," "Long-term Methods of Birth Control," "Ulipristal.""Intrauterine Contraception."

PlanBOneStep.com.

MyNextChoiceOneDose.com.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2018

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