Does advance possession of emergency contraceptive pills help? #601/14

What can be done to help lower unintended pregnancies?


Lower unintended pregnancy rates:  Use of copper T IUDs for emergency contraception.


Copper T IUDs are by far the most effective form of emergency contraception, but use remains low.


“Women seeking emergency contraception (EC) are at high risk of unintended pregnancy.  To counter this possibility, family planning providers often issue advance supply of emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs).  But is this practice effective in addressing the problem?  The answer is NO!


Analysis of all available data to date indicates that efficacy of advance provision compared with standard provision of ECPs in reducing unintended pregnancy rates at the population level has not been demonstrated.


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November 10, 2014