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Emergency Contraceptive

Emergency Contraceptive

Emergency Contraceptive

The nice thing about emergency contraception is that now it is available over the counter. It is important that you use this emergency contraception in emergency situations where you have had unprotected intercourse and/or accidental episodes of, for example, a condom breaking. It's best to use it within the first 24 hours. However, it has been known to be actually effective up to 5 days. You may experience irregular bleeding when you have this and use this form of device. However, also understand that this is for emergency purposes and should not be used as you're maintaining or maintenance of contraception. For that, you should seek a gynecological provider to decide what form of contraception is best for you.

Doctor Profile

Gayle Dean, MD


  • Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Fellow, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Recipient of the “Respect” Physician Award – Tucson Medical Center

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