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Emergency contraception decoded: Discussing cost, efficacy and access

Emergency contraception decoded: Discussing cost, efficacy and access
Infectious Diseases in Children, September 2017
Edward A Bell, PharmD, BCPS

In 2011, approximately 45% of the more than 6 million annual pregnancies in the United States were unintended, according to a study by Finer and colleagues in The New England Journal of Medicine. Among teens aged 15 to 19 years, approximately 6% become pregnant each year, with more than 80% of these pregnancies unplanned.

Although numerous forms of highly effective planned contraception are available, each of these methods entails potential limitations, including adherence, cost, and availability and access, among others. In the event of failed contraception due to inappropriate contraceptive product use, lack of use of a contraceptive product or sexual assault, emergency contraception (EC) products can provide an effective alternative to prevent unintended pregnancy.

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