Update factsheet on Emergency Contraception

Date: 
02/03/2016 - 14:14

The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its factsheet on Emergency Contraception. 

The factsheet can be downloaded from the WHO media centre.

You can also access it from the website of the European Consortium For Emergency Contraception (ECEC).

Summary of the factsheet:

  • Emergency contraception can prevent most pregnancies when taken after intercourse.
  • Emergency contraception can be used in the following situations: unprotected intercourse, contraceptive failure, incorrect use of contraceptives, or in cases of sexual assault.
  • There are 3 methods of emergency contraception: emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs), combined oral contraceptive pills or the Yuzpe method, and copper-bearing intrauterine devices (IUDs).
  • A copper-bearing IUD is the most effective form of emergency contraception available when inserted within 5 days of unprotected intercourse.
  • The emergency contraceptive pill regimen recommended by WHO is either: (a) 1 dose of levonorgestrel 1.5 mg, or 1 dose of ulipristal 30 mg, taken within 5 days (120 hours) of unprotected intercourse; or (b) 2 doses of combined oral contraceptive pills (also known as the Yuzpe regimen).
 

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