Thursday, July 16, 2009

A great EC website run by - Princeton?

by Thúy-Lan Võ Lite

Wendy Matheny, the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campus Program Coordinator (a.k.a. my boss), e-mailed me a link this morning to “The Emergency Contraception Website,” a very navigable and informative resource on EC. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it before, seeing as it’s operated by Princeton, the university I attend, and the Association for Reproductive Health Professionals, and I spent a good chunk of the morning clicking around the site.

From a very comprehensive EC Q&A page to a search function to locate EC providers, the website does a great job presenting information in a clear, accessible fashion. You can search for types of emergency contraception by brand or by country (in Bolivia, for example, you can find 8 types of “progestin only” EC products), read a “more detailed academic review of the medical and social science literature about emergency contraception,” or use the site as a portal to countless other resources on preventing unintended pregnancies. And in a web world plagued by anti-choice (and anti-woman) propaganda, it’s a refreshing change of pace to stumble upon such a positive, trustworthy resource.

The URL is, which will take you to Check it out. Tell your friends.

Cross-posted from the Feminist Majority Foundation's Campus Choices blog


At July 31, 2009 at 12:01 AM , Anonymous Emergency contraception said...

For emergency contraception, many use condoms since it is hassle-free, safeguard against AIDS, but there are some negative effects also like wear and tear, abnormal genital lumps, herpes etc. One can use it with jelly-like, creams also. Also daily estrogen-progesterone pill has positive and negative effects like it reduces the risks of vaginal ailments like ovarian ulcers, fibroids and endometrium cancer. But it offers no protection from STD, may cause migraine, skin darkening, mood swings, nausea, and weight gain.

At July 31, 2009 at 7:21 AM , Blogger Amelia said...

Emergency contraception actually refers to contraceptives used after unprotected sex has already occurred (birth control failed, or no contraceptives were used, or the sex was forced, etc). It's used to prevent pregnancy, but you're right, offers no protection against STIs. Most people take "morning after pills", although there is an IUD option. The pills are not as effective as regular birth control pills, but if you take them within 5 days of unprotected sex, they can prevent the egg from becoming fertilized and implanting in the uterine walls (the closer you take the pills to the actual unprotected sex, the better).


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