Categories: Family Planning

Well the copper IUD, can be used as a form of emergency contraceptive if applied within five days of unprotected sex. In addition, the copper IUD is the only reversible long-term contraceptive that is not hormone-based. Therefore, women can use this form of contraceptive for up to ten years without worrying about hormonal side effects (If they have ever suffered from those).

Among various benefits, the copper IUD:

  • Eliminates the need to interrupt sex for contraception
  • Can remain in place for up to 10 years
  • Can be removed at any time
  • Can be used while breast-feeding
  • Doesn’t carry the risk of side effects, such as blood clots, which are commonly related to hormonal birth control methods

Besides the copper IUD, Ella (ulipristal acetate), is a non hormonal pill. It contains ulipristal, a non hormonal drug that modulates the effects of a key hormone like progesterone, which is necessary for conception. But users cannot take progestin-containing pills for a while after taking it. It is available only by prescription.