emergency contraception

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emergency contraception

n.
Measures taken to reduce the risk of pregnancy within a few days after sexual intercourse during which contraceptives failed or were not used. Forms of emergency contraception include oral drugs such as levonorgestrel and insertion of a copper intrauterine device.
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ASKING for the morning after pill can feel pretty awkward as it is, but when you factor in a foreign language, it's a whole different story.
You can get a morning after pill if there's any question."
A young girl, posed by model, takes a morning after pill STEVE MURPHY
Though the Food and Drug Administration previously found that girls under 17 years old could safely use the emergency contraception pills, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled that decision, an act that Korman said was "politically motivated, scientifically unjustified, and contrary to agency precedent." The government had been fighting Korman's ruling, without much success, as the 2nd Circuit ordered the unrestricted sale of the two-pill version of the morning after pill in early June.
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The morning after pill only works for 72 hours after sex - three days - and the failure rate increases the longer after sex a woman waits.
Under product licensing rules, pharmacists are not allowed to sell the morning after pill - the proper name for which is Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) - to children under 16 yet some local health board schemes allow the pill to be given to children as young as 13.
The advert will show a woman waking up next to her partner and then taking a trip to a pharmacy to ask for the drug, which is the only morning after pill available to women in the UK.
One in ten women said they were too embarrassed to go and ask their GP or pharmacist for the morning after pill.
But it comes after research published in the British Medical Journal which said the morning after pill had done little to reduce abortion rates in the UK.
The proportion of women obtaining the morning after pill from a family planning clinic remained stable at 21 per cent.