Emergency Contraception: Resource Overview

ACOG has identified the following resources on emergency contraception that may be helpful for ob-gyns, other health care providers and patients.

These materials are for information purposes only and are not meant to be comprehensive. Referral to these sources and websites does not imply the endorsement of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The exclusion of a source or web site does not reflect the quality of that source or web site. Please note that the list of resources and/or website links are subject to change without notice.

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Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers

Committee Opinion: Access to Emergency Contraception

Access to Emergency Contraception,” issued by ACOG in July 2017, discusses barriers to access to emergency contraception methods, which are used to prevent pregnancy in the first few days after unprotected sexual intercourse, sexual assault, or contraceptive failure. This guideline recommends increasing access to emergency contraception, including removing the age restriction for over-the-counter access.

Practice Bulletin: Emergency Contraception

“Emergency Contraception,” issued by ACOG in September 2015, provides clinicians with evidence-based guidelines for the use of emergency contraception. The levonorgestrel-only regimen is more effective and associated with less nausea and vomiting than the combined estrogen-progestin regimen. The copper IUD is another effective option.

Resources for Women and Patients

Patient FAQ: Emergency Contraception

“Emergency Contraception,” issued by ACOG in October 2015, explains that there are two forms of emergency contraception: pills and the copper IUD. There are three types of emergency contraception pills: progestin-only, combination pills, and ulipristal.


External Resources

Emergency Contraception Website and Hotline

The Emergency Contraception Website and associated Hotline, operated by the Office of Population Research at Princeton University and by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, provides information about emergency contraception for the public, including access by zip code. It has a section for adolescents, and another for providers.

International Consortium for Emergency Contraception

The International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, comprised of 25 international organizations, works to expand access to and ensure safe and appropriate use of emergency contraception worldwide, and advocates for improved emergency contraception policies and programs with international agencies, governments, and service delivery organizations.


Bedsider.org is a contraceptive support website, which includes a special provider section designed for clinicians and others who provide sexual health information to young adults. Bedsider.org keeps up-to-date information on emergency contraception methods, their costs, mechanism of action, and side effects.

Plan C - Copper IUD as Emergency Contraception Implementation Guide

This toolkit was developed by the New York State Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services (NYS COE) to support the implementation of the use of the copper IUD as emergency contraception. The toolkit contains information on use of the copper IUD as EC, rationale for offering it as an option to women, and resources for clinicians and other service providers.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 58,000 members, ACOG strongly advocates for quality women’s health care, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care.