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Emergency Contraception

Programs that prescribe and/or supply birth control pills which are taken within 72-120 hours of having unprotected sexual intercourse to prevent an unintended pregnancy. Emergency contraception may be provided in the form of Plan B (2 pills), a large dose of regular birth control pills (two or four pills twice during a 12 hour period) or through insertion of a copper IUD.

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