Emergency contraception is use of drug or device to prevent unwanted pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse. Such measures must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.
Even though, emergency contraception has been around for several decades but its first recorded use was in 1960s. It was first used by doctors on a rape victim. Its usage as a solution to failed birth control devices was extremely controversial till 1990, they were only used by rape victims. It was only after 1997 that FDA approved emergency contraception plan.
Since 1998, emergency contraception is largely use by people, they are also available over-the-counter. However, some physician and religious hospitals still refuse its usage.
You must use emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy when:
Depending on the brand emergency contraceptive pills can be effective up to five days after unprotected sex. Most pills works up to 72 hours of unprotected sex while some claim to work till 120 hours. Some contraceptive pills are taken in two doses .i.e. one up to 120 hours of unprotected sex. And second dose after 12 hours. Like some of the contraceptive pills, IUDs can also be used up to five days of unprotected sex. In both the cases it is important to consult your doctor before using emergency contraception.
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