What are the options for emergency postcoital contraception?

Updated: Oct 16, 2019
  • Author: Frances E Casey, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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A variety of emergency contraception methods have been described, including the following:

  • Emergency contraceptive pills (ECP) (eg, Plan B One-Step OTC, an enteric-coated levonorgestrel ECP that dissolves and is absorbed in the intestine), ovulation inhibition effective until the LH surge.

  • Ulipristal acetate (eg, Ella), available by prescription, progesterone-receptor modulator effective in ovulation inhibition through the LH surge.

  • Copper T380 IUD, foreign body effect creates toxic milieu preventing implantation, not effective for emergency contraception after implantation has occurred.

  • Progesterone agonist/antagonist


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