Ever wondered if there was emergency contraception other than Plan B?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a copper intrauterine device (Cu-IUD) can be used within 5 days of unprotected intercourse as an emergency contraceptive. That’s because the copper acts as spermicide! However, when the time of ovulation can be estimated, the Copper-IUD can be inserted beyond 5 days after intercourse as long as the insertion does not occur less than five days after ovulation. Ask your doctor for more information!
Dumisa is a public health student and educator. She earned her Graduate Certificate in Rural Health and Master of Public Health degree at East Tennessee University. Her research interests include postpartum contraception access, neonatal abstinence syndrome prevention and cultural competence in public health teaching and practice. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking gourmet meals, and planning weddings.