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How should I take emergency contraceptives if I have health problems?

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Emergency birth-control pills and the IUD are safe for almost all women who want to prevent pregnancy after having sex. But if you have medical problems and you're concerned that taking emergency contraception could be risky, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.

SOURCES:

American Society for Emergency Contraception: "The Cost of Emergency Contraception: Results from a Nationwide Survey."

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.

FDA: "FDA approves Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive for use without a prescription for all women of child-bearing potential."

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

HealthyChildren.org: "Emergency Contraception."

Office of Population Research at Princeton University: The Emergency Contraception Web Site: "Effectiveness," "Safety."

Healthy Canadians web site.

UpToDate.com: "Emergency Contraception." "Intrauterine Contraception."

PlanBOneStep,com.

MyNextChoiceOneDose.com.  

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2018

SOURCES:

American Society for Emergency Contraception: "The Cost of Emergency Contraception: Results from a Nationwide Survey."

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.

FDA: "FDA approves Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive for use without a prescription for all women of child-bearing potential."

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

HealthyChildren.org: "Emergency Contraception."

Office of Population Research at Princeton University: The Emergency Contraception Web Site: "Effectiveness," "Safety."

Healthy Canadians web site.

UpToDate.com: "Emergency Contraception." "Intrauterine Contraception."

PlanBOneStep,com.

MyNextChoiceOneDose.com.  

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2018

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