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For Informed Consent, Don’t Forget the IUD as EC 

December 2, 2013 — By Peter Belden

Peter Belden, writing for RH Reality Check:

Congratulations to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for the November 26 policy statement, “Emergency Contraception.” The AAP deserves praise for following science and promoting public health. However, the policy statement omits a critical point: the copper intrauterine device (IUD) is considerably more effective than emergency contraception pills (EC)–99% effective versus 90% effective. Shouldn’t pediatricians be encouraged to talk to their patients about the most efficacious method of EC?