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Which type of emergency contraception is best for me?

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Emergency contraception helps prevent pregnancy after you’ve had sex. You have many options. The best one for you can depend on several factors. For example, some nonprescription products have age limits. Or your insurance may pay only for a prescription. When you had sex can matter, too. Some products work for about 3 days after, some for 5. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you make the best pick.

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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