Copper Emergency Contraception
A T-shaped intrauterine device wrapped in copper called Copper T, prevented pregnancy in 100 percent of Chinese women who had the device implanted up to five days after unprotected sex. Almost 2000 women were implanted with it as emergency contraception. A month later, none were pregnant on the first of three follow-up visits. For some women, it did come out and some experienced side effects that required its removal. Four women got pregnant while the device was still in. Copper T must be inserted by a doctor and Plan B can be obtained over-the-counter at a pharmacy for $50 while Copper T can cost over $500. Doctors say that if IUDs were used more often, unwanted pregnancies and abortions would be lower, but misconceptions about its safety are likely affect how women feel about them.