Emergency Contraception

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Bruce M. -

What happened to the previous protocol of two BCPs (Ovral) now and two in 12 hours? Is that gone?

AKamata -

The regimen you note above is not as effective as levonorgesteral or ulipristal acetate and much less effective than the copper IUD when used as emergency contraception. The combined OCP (Yuzpe method) also is more likely to cause more side effects of nausea and vomiting. See citation below:


Ellertson C, Webb A, Blanchard K, Bigrigg A, Haskell S, Shochet T, Trussell J. Modifying the Yuzpe regimen of emergency contraception: a multicenter randomized, controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2003;101:1160-7.

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