What is the role of intrauterine device (IUD) insertion for emergency contraception?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Sarah Hagood Milton, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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IUD for Emergency Contraception

The copper T380A IUD is safe and effective for use as an emergency contraceptive if inserted within 5 days of unprotected intercourse. Further, it is advantageous as it will continue to provide effective reversible contraception for up to 10 years from the time of insertion. [49, 50] Up to one-third of women are interested in IUD use for emergency contraception; however, it is not nearly that frequently utilized. The primary barrier to insertion was found to be cost. [51] The copper T380A IUD is more effective for emergency contraception than hormonal emergency contraceptive pills. [5] The levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine systems are not to be used for emergency contraception.

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