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† D. The Facts About Emergency Contraception

Narrator: This is Science Today. A recent national survey on unplanned pregnancies showed that nearly half the women polled would opt for emergency contraception pills. Public health expert Suzanne Delbanco of the University of California, Berkeley says these little-known oral contraceptives are often referred to as "the morning after pill"

Delbanco: Weíve tried to move away from that term because that somehow connotes that someone needs to use it the morning after, when in fact they can be used right away after unprotected sex or as far as 72 hours after unprotected sex.

Narrator: Delbanco says although these pills have been around for over twenty years, itís not something many women know about.

Delbanco: Itís a little unclear as to why that is. Itís mostly because the use of oral contraceptives in this way has been very limited, mostly used on university campuses and in emergency rooms for rape victims.

Narrator: These pills are not to be mistaken for the more controversial drug RU486, which is still awaiting FDA approval. For Science Today, Iím Larissa Branin.