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Emergency contraception refers to any device or drug that isused as an emergency procedure to prevent pregnancy after unprotectedsexual intercourse. Synonymous terms for Emergency Contraception include 'themorning-after pill,’ or 'post coital contraception.’ Emergency Contraception is indicated for the prevention of pregnancyafter a known or possible contraceptive failure orunprotected sexual intercourse and for victims of sexual assault.It is not recommended as a form of routine contraception. AlthoughEmergency Contraception reduces the risk of pregnancy, it is much less effectivethan the regular use of standard contraception. Also Emergency Contraceptives cannot prevent transmission of STI infections including HIV. In case Emergency Contraceptives has been taken after the conception of pregnancy, one should always consult a doctor in either case (decision for abortion or to continue with the pregnancy).
To know more about Emergency Contraception go to this link by Planned Parenthood.