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Medical News and Perspectives
May 16, 2007

Study Examines Effects of Advance Access to Emergency Contraception

JAMA. 2007;297(19):2067-2068. doi:10.1001/jama.297.19.2067

Critics of emergency contraception have cautioned that advance access to Plan B and similar medications could promote riskier sexual behavior, but a recent review reveals that data fail to support that fear (Polis CB et al. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. doi:10.1002/14651858.cd005497.pub2 [published online April 18, 2007]).

Proponents of advance access are not necessarily celebrating the review's findings, that overall, the frequency of unplanned pregnancy was similar whether women had emergency contraception on hand before unprotected sex or not.

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