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What is emergency contraception?

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Emergency contraception -- also called postcoital contraception -- is a form of birth control that may be used by women who have had unprotected sex or used a birth control method that failed.

Emergencies include being raped, having a condom break or slip off during sex, or missing two or more birth control pills during a monthly cycle.

Emergency oral contraception is used to prevent a pregnancy, not end one. They work primarily by delaying ovulation.

From: Emergency Contraception WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Plan B."

FDA.

Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Teva Women's Health, Inc. 

Healthy Canadians web site.

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

PlanBOneStep.com.

MyNextChoiceOneDose.com.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2018

SOURCES: 

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Plan B."

FDA.

Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Teva Women's Health, Inc. 

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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