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Plan B study

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

While emergency contraception use was higher among women given an advance supply of birth control pills, it did not result in a lower pregnancy rate compared to those not provided an advance supply, according to a review published in the most recent issue of The Cochrane Library. The review evaluated eight studies of more than 6,000 women in the U.S., India and China. "Even though advance provision increased use, we don't know if women were using EC at the times when they were at risk for pregnancy, when it was really needed," according to lead reviewer Chelsea Polis. Additionally, the review found there was no difference in sexually transmitted infection rates between the two groups, thus "advance provision of EC has no harmful effects in terms of risky sexual behaviors." In September 2006 Barr announced plans to track whether its Plan B EC is being used in place of other forms of contraception (1"The Tan Sheet" Sept. 4, 2006, p. 5)...

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