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Post-coital contraception


What can be done to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse? Two distinct groups of women may need help: those, such as rape victims, who have had intercourse once, repetition being unlikely; and those who would like a method which can be used repeatedly after unpremeditated acts of intercourse. The second group is likely to be small. Oestrogens are well established as post-coital contraceptives, progestagens and oestrogen-progestagen combinations have been tried; copper-containing intra-uterine contraceptive devices are also used.

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