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Emergency contraception: determining which method is most appropriate

Emergency contraception: determining which method is most appropriate

From this CPD module you will learn:

  • The different types of EC available
  • The mechanism of action and the pros and cons of each
  • The efficacy of different EC methods
  • Clinical cases that require particular care and consideration, and professional guidance on signposting due to personal belief

Download a printable PDF of this module – including the five-minute test – here.

Emergency contraception (EC) has been around since the 1960s, when women who wanted to reduce the risk of falling pregnant after unprotected sex were given a five-day course of high-dose oestrogen. A decade later, the Yuzpe oral regimen involving oestrogen and progestogen was introduced. Inserting an intrauterine device postcoitally was also found to be an effective form of EC.

In 1984, the

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