Other Options for Emergency Contraception: ella and the Copper IUD

Other Options for Emergency Contraception: ella and the Copper IUD


Hello and welcome to “VideoScript”, presented
by Drugs.com. Today in the final of three presentations,
we continue reviewing options that are available for emergency contraception. We will discuss the emergency contraceptive
pill ella and the copper IUD and discuss situations in which emergency contraception may be used. For complete information, please review all
3 videos. There are many valid reasons why emergency
contraception may be needed. Some of these reasons include:
• If a contraceptive method was desired but not used
• If there is a contraceptive failure, for example, condom, diaphragm, or cervical cap
breakage or slippage • If birth control pills, patches, rings
or injections are started late or dislodged • If there is a failed withdrawal method
• If there is expulsion of an IUD or implant • And In Sexual assault In addition to the emergency contraceptive
pills known as Plan B One Step, Next Choice One Dose and Next Choice, there is another
type of emergency contraceptive pill called ella that can also be used up to five days
after unprotected sex. ella contains 30 mg of ulipristal, and it
works by blocking the natural hormone progesterone from occupying its receptor site in the body.
It blocks the body’s own progesterone. ella requires a prescription from your doctor
at any age. You cannot get it at the pharmacy without having a prescription first. Ella can be used up to 5 days after unprotected
sex or a contraceptive failure and should be taken as soon as possible. Another option for emergency contraception
is the insertion of the copper intrauterine device, or copper IUD, up to 5 days after
unprotected sex or a contraceptive failure. The copper IUD is known by the brand name
Paragard. The copper IUD is a T-shaped, hormone-free
device that is inserted by a healthcare provider into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. This form of emergency contraception may be
a good choice for women who would like to leave the IUD in place as long-term birth
control. Women should discuss this option with their physician, as the IUD may not be
right for everyone. The IUD is expensive up front but if continued
as birth control, it can be very cost-effective and convenient, as there is no need to remember
to take a pill each day. The copper IUD can usually be left in place for up to ten years.
Some insurance plans may pay for the IUD, as well, so women may want to check their
plan. Thank you for joining us at Drugs.com for
a brief review of emergency contraception. Please refer to our patient and professional
information, drug interaction checker, and additional tools on Drugs.com. Patients with a concern about the use of emergency
contraceptives should consult with their health care provider. Visit Drugs.com/ella for more information

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