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Postcoital contraception: present and future options.
J Adolesc Health. 1995 Jan; 16(1):6-11.JA

Abstract

PURPOSE

This article reviews information on currently available postcoital contraceptives, and discusses recent advances in postcoital contraception, mostly notably RU 486.

METHODS

Postcoital contraceptives, or "morning after pills," are currently available in the form of high dose estrogens, oral contraceptives, danazol and intrauterine devices. These methods are plagued by high incidences of side effects and less than optimal success rates.

RESULTS

Currently, their primary use in the adolescent age group is for victims of sexual assault, but they may also be used as back-up for consensual unprotected intercourse. RU 486, best known as a first trimester abortifacient, has a number of potential uses, including that of a postcoital contraceptive. Two recently published studies from the UK showed RU 486 to have a very low pregnancy rate and fewer side effects when compared with current methods. RU 486 may someday replace high doses of oral contraceptives as the method of choice for postcoital contraception.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore 21201, USA.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

7742340

Citation

Derman, S G., and L M. Peralta. "Postcoital Contraception: Present and Future Options." The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, vol. 16, no. 1, 1995, pp. 6-11.
Derman SG, Peralta LM. Postcoital contraception: present and future options. J Adolesc Health. 1995;16(1):6-11.
Derman, S. G., & Peralta, L. M. (1995). Postcoital contraception: present and future options. The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 16(1), 6-11.
Derman SG, Peralta LM. Postcoital Contraception: Present and Future Options. J Adolesc Health. 1995;16(1):6-11. PubMed PMID: 7742340.
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