Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Emergency Contraception--clinical And Ethical Aspects.
Author: Faúndes, A
Brache, V
Alvarez, F
Abstract: Emergency contraception (EC) consists of either 1.5 mg of levonorgestrel (LNG) in one or two doses, or a combination of LNG with ethinylestradiol, administered for up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse. Clinical studies indicate that LNG alone is more effective and has less side effects. Its effectiveness decreases the longer after coitus it is taken. EC is indicated when there is non-compliance or accidents with the use of regular methods of contraception, or when women have had voluntary or imposed unprotected intercourse. The ethics of providing EC has been questioned by some, arguing that it acts by preventing implantation. Scientific evidence does not support this concept, but shows that EC acts mostly before fertilization. Placing obstacles to the access of EC is unethical as it transgresses the ethical principles of autonomy, non-maleficence beneficence and justice. Far from inducing abortions, EC reduces unwanted pregnancies and prevents abortion.
Subject: Contraceptives, Oral, Synthetic
Contraceptives, Postcoital, Hormonal
Emergency Medical Services
Ethics, Medical
Health Services Accessibility
Pregnancy, Unwanted
Genetics And Reproduction
Citation: International Journal Of Gynaecology And Obstetrics: The Official Organ Of The International Federation Of Gynaecology And Obstetrics. v. 82, n. 3, p. 297-305, 2003-Sep.
Rights: fechado
Date Issue: 2003
Appears in Collections:Unicamp - Artigos e Outros Documentos

Files in This Item:
File SizeFormat 
pmed_14499976.pdf94.35 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.