Emergency Contraception

Often described as "the best kept secret," emergency contraception represents a powerful option in a woman's arsenal to prevent unintended pregnancy. Emergency contraception can be used in instances of unprotected sexual intercourse that occur due to condom slippage or breakage, sexual assault or other circumstances. To increase awareness of emergency contraception among both physicians and patients, ACOG has undertaken numerous activities. The overriding objective of all of ACOG's emergency contraception-related initiatives is to increase provider and patient awareness and to ensure timely access to emergency contraception for all who need it. These include:

The following Press Releases:

ACOG Lauds Court Decision Regarding Emergency Contraception 

ACOG Steps Up Efforts to Get Emergency Contraception to Women 

Medical Groups Set the Record Straight on Emergency Contraception

Other Activities

TeenCare ToolKit - Emergency Contraception

Patient Education Pamphlets - Emergency Contraception

Development of Frequently Asked Questions on Emergency Contraception by the Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women

Release of a statement on Access to Emergency Contraception Pills developed by the Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women

An informal survey of pharmacies in Philadelphia, PA, to determine extent to which pharmacies stock and pharmacists dispense emergency contraceptive pills

Emergency Contraception

Additional activities are currently in development


Alicia Luchowski, MPH
Health Care for Underserved Women/ LARC Program