New option for emergency contraception
In 1992, US contraception guru Professor James Trussell was the lead author on a paper that concluded that easy access to emergency contraception could theoretically prevent half of all unintended pregnancies and abortions in that country every year.1
Unfortunately, such a reduction has not been seen anywhere in the world.
There are various reasons for this, including the fact that computer modelling finds it difficult to take into account the human factors that influence the use or non-use of emergency contraception.
However, it is also important to explore ways of making emergency contraception more effective, and, in April 2016, another hormonal emergency contraceptive method, containing ulipristal acetate (UPA), will be available in Australia.
Since this will be a prescription-only medication, it is important that all GPs are aware of the differences between UPA and