n South African Medical Journal - Women's willingness to use emergency contraception : experience at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa : forum - healthcare delivery

Volume 105, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Access to emergency contraception (EC) has little restriction in South Africa. EC is a contraceptive method that can be used by women up to 7 days after unprotected intercourse. It can be used in the following situations: when no contraceptive has been used; for condom accidents; after intrauterine contraceptive device expulsion; when a contraceptive method has been incorrectly used, or contraceptive pills missed; if there has been a >3-hour delay in taking the progestogen-only pill, a >2-week delay for intramuscular depot medroxyprogesterone acetate or a >1-week delay for intramuscular norethisterone enanthate; or after delayed placement or early removal or dislodgement of a contraceptive transdermal patch or vaginal ring.

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