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Review: advance provision of emergency contraception increases its use but does not reduce unplanned pregnancies

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Q Does advance provision of emergency contraception (EC) to women reduce pregnancy rates without increasing rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or reducing use of more effective methods of contraception?


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Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Medline, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, POPLINE, and International Consortium for Emergency Contraception website (to August 2006); reference lists; and experts.

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English-language randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that compared provision of EC in advance of need with a control intervention (counselling, which may or may not have included a discussion of EC; information about EC; or provision of EC on request by a clinic or pharmacy) in women of reproductive age. 8 RCTs (n = 6389) met the selection criteria. Quality of …

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  • For correspondence: MsC Polis, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA. cpolis{at}

  • Source of funding: no external funding.