Deregulating emergency contraception: The alternative may be unwanted pregnancies

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6921.135 (Published 08 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:135
  1. A Webb
  1. Central Manchester Healthcare Trust, Community Services, Foot Hospital, Manchester M14 5BY.

    EDITOR, - Lawrence Mascarenhas's response 1 to James Owen Drife's editorial repeats some of the many oft quoted fallacies about emergency contraception.

    Firstly, there is no evidence that the “Yuzpe” regimen carries a risk of ectopic pregnancy. only one case has been reported in the world literature; this was in a woman who had established tubal disease.2 The story probably derives from people's concern when the old method of giving 5 mg ethinyloestradiol for five days …

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