It seems that a new method outperforms the well known “morning after pill "(the contraceptive that prevents pregnancy in cases of emergency). In this case we speak of a new pill: the pill "five days later”. This would provide protection against pregnancy for up to five days after intercourse.
This drug, called UPA works with a margin of time longer than the currently most widely used pill, levonorgestrel, which works within the first three days. Experts say the finding is an important advance because it offers women a new alternative to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies.
We studied 1,600 women with regular menstrual cycles who had asked for emergency contraception in family planning clinics. Half of this group received levonorgestrel and half the ulipristal. All took it within 5 days after intercourse. A total of 2.6% of women who took levonorgestrel was equally pregnant while in the case of ulipristal group was only 1.8%.
Levonorgestrel is currently available in many countries and is sold over the counter to women over 16 years. However, this new drug is only available by prescription. They say that when more data is available about their safety will become more accessible.
Moreover, this pill is significantly more expensive than the pill "morning after". Therefore, many women probably do not buy it. Beyond this issue, this pill provides a margin of time than traditional emergency pill.
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