Contraception: in case of emergency

Why aren't clinical trial findings about emergency contraception reflected in real life?

In an era where evidence-based medicine is king, it is perhaps useful to explore why the findings in clinical trials are sometimes not reflected in real life — especially when it comes to contraception.


In the years I have been writing for Australian Doctor, I have on a number of occasions examined the usefulness of emergency contraception foll­owing unprotected sex or when a usual contraceptive method has failed.

In 1992, James Trussell, an acknowledged US contraception guru, lead authored a paper that concluded easy access to emergency