What pharmacist’s assistants need to know about emergency contraception

  • Haley Smith Amayeza Information Centre
Keywords: emergency contraception, "morning-after" pill


Emergency contraception, also sometimes known as the morning-after pill, is a form of birth control that may be used as an emergency measure for women who have had recent unprotected intercourse. Women who have had a recent possible failure of another method of contraception are also potential candidates for this intervention. The treatment is generally reserved for emergency situations, and is not appropriate as a regular method of birth control. Emergency situations include having a condom break or slip off during sex, missing two or more pills during a monthly cycle, when delaying depot medroxyprogesterone injections, or having unplanned sex (this includes victims of a sexual assault or rape, when no method of birth control was used). Emergency contraception is not a form of abortion. It is used as a back-up method to prevent an unwanted pregnancy, and not to end one.

Author Biography

Haley Smith, Amayeza Information Centre
B.Pharm, MRPharmS Amayeza Information Centre
Women's Health