Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECP)
Commonly known as the morning-after pill, ECPs are birth control pills containing the hormone estrogen and progestin. The current treatment schedule is one dose within 72 hours after unprotected intercourse and a second dose 12 hours after the first.
Emergency contraception is a way of blocking the meeting between a woman's egg and a man's sperm or if such a meeting has already occur, of preventing a fertilized egg from attaching itself to the womb.
The use of birth control pills for emergency contraception was introduced by Dr. Albert Yuzpe, a Canadian Obstetrician and Gynecologist in 1974. Emergency contraception pills have been available in Europe and other countries, where they are packaged for just that purpose.
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