Birth Control Medications (Contraceptives) Topic Guide
Birth Control Medications (Contraceptives): Birth control (contraceptive) medications contain hormones (estrogen and progesterone, or progesterone alone). The medications are available in various forms, such as pills, injections (into a muscle), topical (skin) patches.
Emergency Contraception Emergency contraception (birth control after intercourse) is the use of a drug or device to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse. Emergency contraceptive measures can be taken within the first 72 hours after unprotected intercourse.
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