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Committee Opinion No. 542: Access to Emergency Contraception.

Obstetrics & Gynecology: November 2012
doi: http://10.1097/AOG.0b013e318277c960
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Emergency contraception includes contraceptive methods used to prevent pregnancy in the first few days after unprotected intercourse, sexual assault, or contraceptive failure. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first dedicated product for emergency contraception in 1998, numerous barriers to access to emergency contraception remain. The purpose of this Committee Opinion is to examine the barriers to the use of oral emergency contraception methods and to highlight the importance of increasing access.

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