ECPs - Since the arrival of formal contraceptives, women...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Since the arrival of formal contraceptives, women have seen birth control methods steadily progress in effectiveness and availability. What’s unique about one form of contraception is that it can be used after a woman has engaged in sexual intercourse where ejaculation has occurred. This is emergency contraception, most widely today administered in the “Yuzpe Regimen”, “named for Canadian Professor A. Albert Yuzpe who, in 1974, published the first studies about ECPs.” This regimen requires two pills to be taken orally within the first seventy-two hours of the sexual intercourse, and the second pill to be taken twelve hours after the first. Until lately emergency contraception was used mainly in rape cases or with a doctor’s prescription. This past year, however, the FDA passed a bill making it nationally legal to sell emergency contraception over the counter. While the bill was being reviewed many people came out making arguments that the bill would cause more harm than good. While much of this was overlooked, the discussion today still remains in deciding whether the morning after pill is truly a safe drug to be sold over the counter. Until the 1960s emergency contraception didn’t even exist, and at that time it was only used by “physicians helping victims of sexual assault reduce the risk of pregnancy.” Even more recently than that, in the 1990s, rape sufferers account for one-third of the prescriptions given for emergency contraception. Even as long as it’s been around, emergency contraception wasn’t commonly given until 1998. A process that happens with many FDA approved drugs is that even when a drug exists, a dedicated labeler and marketer aren’t approved. So emergency contraception existed only as an “off-label” medication for many years. “Off-label use of approved medications is a common and legal practice.” Most doctors across the United States were skeptical for a long time to
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
prescribe emergency contraceptives in their off-label form because of “fearful legal liability”; although ECPs were available through some “hospital emergency rooms, family planning clinics, and university health centers.” Eventually in 1998 when emergency contraceptive pills were marketed and they were a prescription that anyone could ask their doctor for. Prescriptions were hard to access on weekends and holidays,
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This essay was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ENGLISH 301 taught by Professor Wrobel during the Spring '08 term at Bethel MN.

Page1 / 5

ECPs - Since the arrival of formal contraceptives, women...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online