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The Copper IUD: A Better Plan B 

December 3, 2013

Peter Belden, Program Officer in the Global Development and Population Program, writing for RH Reality Check:

The increase in the use of emergency contraceptive (EC) pills highlighted in Ellen Chesler and Andrea Flynn’s post, Emergency Contraception Use Spreads, but Many Women Are Still Left Out, is great news indeed. However, the little known secret is that there is an alternative form of emergency contraception that is ten times better than EC pills, and yet medical providers rarely tell women about this more effective option. 

The copper IUD, known as Paragard in the US, is an overlooked option which offers a number of benefits over EC pills.