FSRH Clinical Guideline: Emergency Contraception (March 2017, amended December 2020)
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Date: 14 Mar 2017
Type: FSRH Press Releases and Statements
A survey of 514 women of reproductive age between 18-45 has highlighted worrying gaps in knowledge about the most effective methods of emergency contraception.
In addition, only 15% of women aged 18-45 who have been offered or have accessed emergency contraception say they have been offered the copper IUD.
FSRH is concerned that these findings demonstrate a lack of awareness amongst women about the most effective form of emergency contraception. The findings also demonstrate a need for more visible guidance for healthcare professionals in this area to ensure that women are offered the copper IUD as the most effective form of emergency contraception.
Today FSRH launches its new Emergency Contraception guideline, which aims to bridge this gap in awareness and knowledge. The guideline gives clear evidence-based information to UK healthcare professionals, nurses, doctors, pharmacists and all those involved in advising and caring for women who wish access emergency contraception.
In line with NICE guidance, recommendations mark a new emphasis on healthcare professionals advising women that the copper IUD, is the most effective method of emergency contraception and that it provides extremely effective long-term contraception.
FSRH’s guidelinealso outlines that all healthcare professionals who provide emergency contraception should offer the women in their care the copper IUD, and if they cannot provide it, refer them on to services that can.
Dr Asha Kasliwal, FSRH President, commented:
“It is important that women are aware what methods of emergency contraception are available to them.
The copper IUD is not only the most effective form of emergency contraception, but the only method of emergency contraception that will act as an ongoing contraceptive to help protect women against unintended pregnancy.
FSRH hopes its new guideline will encourage more healthcare professionals to offer the copper IUD as a method of emergency contraception and raise awareness amongst women that the morning after pill isn’t their only option when it comes to emergency contraception and ongoing pregnancy prevention.”
Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Place, London NW1 4RG. Charity No. 1019969.
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