Unplanned pregnancy is a major public health issue in New York State and across the country. Emergency contraception (EC), often described as “the morning after pill,” offers a safe and effective way to prevent unintended pregnancy and reduce the number of abortions. EC can be used in instances of unprotected sexual intercourse that occur due to condom slippage or breakage, sexual assault or other circumstances. While this time-sensitive medication can be used up to 120 hours after unprotected sex, it is most effective if used within 72 hours. ACOG supports unimpeded access to EC for all women of reproductive age.
ACOG District II has developed provider and patient education materials regarding emergency contraception. For more information, please contact Kristin Zielinski, Director of Medical Education, email@example.com.
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Emergency Contraception: Practice Bulletin #112
(replaces Practice Bulletin #69)