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    Emergency contraception: a guide for service delivery.

    World Health Organization [WHO]. Division of Reproductive Health (Technical Support). Family Planning and Population

    Geneva, Switzerland, WHO, Division of Reproductive Health (Technical Support), Family Planning and Population, 1998. 60 p. (WHO/FRH/FPP/98.19)

    The introduction of emergency contraception into family planning programs and its distribution through both clinical and nonclinical channels have been urged to prevent the serious health and socioeconomic consequences of unwanted pregnancies. The need for emergency contraception is especially high among adolescents, who may become sexually active before they are informed about contraception or have access to appropriate services. The provision of emergency contraceptive methods through official family planning programs should be regarded as key to the long-term international strategy of upgrading reproductive health care. Moreover, when service outlets offer emergency contraception information and care, they can serve as a first contact point where sexually active men, women, and teens can receive other reproductive health services or referrals. This booklet, prepared by the World Health Organization for service delivery personnel, presents information on emergency contraceptive pills, the use of copper-releasing IUDs as emergency contraception, service delivery aspects, the introduction of emergency contraception in reproductive health programs, and information dissemination. An appendix sets forth medical eligibility criteria.
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