Emergency contraception – For the unexpected “UPSI”!

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  • Lynda Steyn Amayeza Information Services


All women seeking emergency contraception (EC) are entitled to information on the various options available to them and also how they may be obtained. Emergency contraceptive methods include the copper intrauterine device (Cu-IUD) and levonorgestrel emergency contraception tablets (LEC).

Oral emergency contraception is available for occasional (emergency) use and is not registered as a regular birth control method.

In South Africa, the only emergency contraceptives available for over-the-counter (OTC) use are oral tablets containing levonorgestrel (LEC). This article will therefore focus on levonorgestrel as an OTC emergency contraceptive option.

Author Biography

Lynda Steyn, Amayeza Information Services
BPharm Amayeza Information Services
Women's Health