David Turok


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    IUD for EC

    David Turok
    University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

    Widespread availability of oral emergency contraception (EC) has failed to have a public health effect on reducing unintended pregnancies. The EC visit presents an opportunity to initiate a highly effective method of contraception in a population at high risk of unintended pregnancy at a time when they actively seeking to avoid pregnancy. The copper IUD is the most effective method of EC and continues to provide contraception as effective as sterilisation for up to 12 years; it should be offered as the first line method of EC wherever possible. Clinic-based EC visits should include access to the copper IUD as optimal care and should ideally include access to all highly effective methods of contraception. At the conclusion of this programme, participants will be able to:

    • Provide women with user specific recommendations for the most effective methods of EC
    • Optimise strategies for the use of the copper IUD as EC and initiating highly effective methods of contraception
    • Identify opportunities to initiate highly effective contraception with EC