The current emergency contraceptive pill, commonly called the “Morning After Pill,” can prevent pregnancy for up to three days after intercourse. But a new version, called EllaOne, expands that window to five days after sex.
A study on the pill, which was made available by prescription last year in Britain, suggests that it may also be more effective at preventing pregnancy. The study was published last week in the British medical journal, Lancet.
Some family groups have expressed concern that the pill could encourage irresponsible behavior, and one of the experts who helped test the pill, Professor Anna Glasier of Edinburgh University, said she was worried the pill could encourage women to delay visiting their doctors.
“I think if you license people to behave in a sloppier manner they are going to do it,” Glasier said. “There is a risk that if women have got used to the idea of 72 hours and now we say that with EllaOne that you can have 120 hours that they may delay.”
Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, argued that, “The easy availability of the morning-after pill has a damaging social effect, by lulling young people in particular into a false sense of security, encouraging a more casual attitude to sex and exposing them to increased risk of sexually transmitted infections.”
Tony Fraser, general manager of the pill’s manufacturer, HRA Pharma UK, expressed a different opinion. He said that, “Emergency contraception has been available in Britain for 10 years now and we do not think that a new emergency contraception will change people’s behavior.” He also said that, “The important thing is that this adds what already exists and is a very good fall back when things go wrong.”
Source: Vancouver Sun
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