Emergency contraception

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Pediatrics
Publication date:
26 November 2012


Upadhya KK, Breuner CC (2012) Emergency contraception. Pediatrics 130: 1174-1182.

The United States continues to have teen birth rates that are significantly higher than other industrialised nations. Use of emergency contraception can reduce the risk of pregnancy if used up to 120 hours after unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure and is most effective if used in the first 24 hours.

The aims of this updated policy statement are:

  • to educate pediatricians and other physicians on available emergency contraceptive methods
  • to provide current data on safety, efficacy, and use of emergency contraception in teenagers
  • to encourage routine counseling and advance emergency contraception prescription as part of a public health strategy to reduce teen pregnancy