Clinical Issues in Emergency Contraception

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Objective: To Enhance Understanding about These 7 Issues. New Plan B regimenMechanism of action of ECPsDoes EC promote risk taking?Are ECPs effective?Beginning contraception after ECPsWhen to expect menses after ECPsEnhancing availability of EC. New Plan B Regimen. Two studies have shown tha

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1. Clinical Issues in Emergency Contraception

2. Objective: To Enhance Understanding about These 7 Issues New Plan B regimen Mechanism of action of ECPs Does EC promote risk taking? Are ECPs effective? Beginning contraception after ECPs When to expect menses after ECPs Enhancing availability of EC

3. New Plan B Regimen Two studies have shown that both doses of Plan B (both Plan B pills) can be taken at the same time With no reduction in effectiveness With no increase in side effects One study has shown that two doses of Plan B taken 24 hours apart are just as effective as two doses taken 12 hours apart Two studies have shown that Plan B is effective up to 120 hours after intercourse

4. How MIGHT EC Work? Inhibit ovulation Trap sperm in thickened cervical mucus Inhibit tubal transport of egg or sperm Interfere with fertilization, early cell division, or transport of embryo Prevent implantation by disrupting the uterine lining EC may theoretically prevent pregnancy through several mechanisms. The two leading theories which have been the most intensively studied are inhibition of ovulation and prevention of implantation through disruption of the endometrium. Other possible mechanisms are also listed on the slide. Trapping of sperm in cervical mucus Inhibition of tubal transport Direct effects on the viability of the embryo. There has been little specific human research on these last three mechanisms, however, and thus no direct evidence exists to support or refute them. Today therefore I will only review the data related to effects of the regimen on ovulation and on the endometrium..EC may theoretically prevent pregnancy through several mechanisms. The two leading theories which have been the most intensively studied are inhibition of ovulation and prevention of implantation through disruption of the endometrium. Other possible mechanisms are also listed on the slide. Trapping of sperm in cervical mucus Inhibition of tubal transport Direct effects on the viability of the embryo. There has been little specific human research on these last three mechanisms, however, and thus no direct evidence exists to support or refute them. Today therefore I will only review the data related to effects of the regimen on ovulation and on the endometrium..

5. Mechanism of Action: LNg ECPs Clinical evidence about the effect of progestin-only ECPs on ovulation, on uterine lining characteristics, and on timing of the next menstrual period Observed vs. expected pregnancies by timing of administration relative to ovulation One published study of effect of small doses of LNg on sperm motility

6. Clinical Evidence: Progestin-only ECPs Progestin-only ECPs can inhibit ovulation but do not always do so. Inhibiting ovulation may be the only mechanism of action. Progestin-only ECPs may immobilize sperm by altering uterine pH. Progestin-only ECPs can alter glycodelin in serum and endometrium and can shorten the luteal phase.

7. Animal Evidence: Levonorgestrel Studies in the rat and in the new-world monkey Cebus apella Levonorgestrel administered in doses that inhibit ovulation has no postfertilization effect that impairs fertility

8. Mechanism of Action of Hormonal Contraceptives and IUDs About the same amount of evidence for each of the following statements: ECPs, OCs, implants, patches, rings, injectables, IUDs, The contraceptive effect of breastfeeding… MAY work by inhibiting implantation of a fertilized egg

9. What Should Women Be Told? ECPs—like all regular hormonal contraceptives such as the birth control pill, the implant Implanon, the vaginal ring NuvaRing, the Evra patch, and the injectable Depo-Provera, and even breastfeeding—may prevent pregnancy by delaying or inhibiting ovulation, inhibiting fertilization, or inhibiting implantation of a fertilized egg. The best available evidence is consistent with the hypothesis that Plan B’s ability to prevent pregnancy can be fully accounted for by mechanisms that do not involve interference with post-fertilization events. .

10. Does Providing ECPs Increase Risk Taking? Empirical evidence from 1 study in Scotland, 3 in San Francisco, 1 in Pittsburgh, 1 in Hong Kong, 1 in China, 2 in Los Angeles, and 1 in Nevada & North Carolina where women were randomized to receive counseling and ECPs on demand or to receive ECPs in advance for later use should the need arise.

11. Results Scotland: Women who received ECPs in advance Were more likely to use ECPs: 47% vs 27% of women who received only counseling (p<.001) Were not more likely to use ECPs repeatedly Used other methods of contraception equally well Had fewer unintended pregnancies: 3.3% vs 4.8 % for women who received only counseling (p=0.14)

12. Results San Francisco 1: Women who received ECPs in advance Were more likely to use ECPs: 22% vs 7% of women who received only counseling (p=.006) Were not more likely to have unprotected sex Were not less likely to use condoms consistently Were less likely to use oral contraceptives consistently: 32% vs 58% of women who received only counseling (p=.03)

13. Results San Francisco 2: Women who received ECPs in advance Were more likely to use ECPs: 17% vs 4% of women who received only counseling (p=.006) Were not more likely to change to a less effective method of contraception Were not more likely to have unprotected sex Were not more likely to use contraception less consistently Had fewer unintended pregnancies: 7% vs 10% for women who received only counseling (p=0.16)

14. Results Pittsburgh: Women who received ECPs in advance Were more likely to use ECPs: 15% vs 8% of women who received only counseling (p=.05) Took ECPs sooner after sex (11 vs 22 hours) Were more likely to use condoms Were not less likely to use hormonal contraception

15. Results Hong Kong: Women who received ECPs in advance Were more likely to use ECPs: 30% vs 13% of women who received only counseling (p<.001) Were not less likely to use contraception consistently Were not less likely to use condoms Took ECPs sooner after sex (14 vs 29 hours) Were not less likely to become pregnant

16. Results San Francisco 3: Women who received ECPs in advance Were more likely to use ECPs: 37% vs 21% of women who received only counseling (p<.001)) Were not more likely to have unprotected sex Were not less likely to use condoms or pills consistently Were not more likely to acquire an STI Were not less likely to become pregnant

17. Results San Francisco 3: Women who received ECPs from a pharmacist Were no more likely to use ECPs: 24% vs 21% of women who received only counseling (p=.25) Were not more likely to have unprotected sex Were not less likely to use condoms or pills consistently Were not more likely to acquire an STI Were not less likely to become pregnant

18. Results China: Women who received ECPs in advance Were twice as likely to use ECPs Were not less likely to use contraception Were not less likely to use condoms Were not less likely to become pregnant

19. Results Los Angeles 1: Women who received ECPs in advance Were more likely to use ECPs: 83% vs 11% of women at 6 months and 64% vs 17% of women at 12 months who received only counseling (p<.01) Were not more likely to have unprotected sex Were not less likely to use condoms Were not less likely to become pregnant

20. Results Los Angeles 2: Women who received ECPs in advance Were more likely to use ECPs: 19% vs 12% of women who received only counseling (p<0.05) Were not more likely to have unprotected sex Were not less likely to use barrier methods or pills Were not less likely to become pregnant

21. Results Nevada & North Carolina: Women who received ECPs in advance Were more likely to use ECPs: 71% vs 32% of women who received only counseling (p<0.001) Were not more likely to have unprotected sex Were not less likely to use condoms or pills Were not more likely to acquire an STI Were not less likely to become pregnant

22. Are ECPs Effective? Eight of the ten studies conducted to test whether easy assess to ECPs increased risk taking also measured pregnancies In none of the eight did advance provision of ECPs reduce pregnancy rates Only three studies powered to detect a decrease in pregnancy rates

23. Why No Reduction in Pregnancies? In San Francisco almost half of the women in the advance provision group who had unprotected intercourse did not use ECPs In China, 30 of the 38 pregnancies in the advance provision group occurred to women who did not use ECPs in that cycle In Nevada/NC, 57 of the 74 pregnancies in the advance provision group occurred to women who did not use ECPs in that cycle Lesson: ECPs are not used frequently enough!

24. Advance Provision of ECPs Did Not Reduce Abortions Rates in Lothian Community intervention study in Scotland About 1 in 5 women aged 16-29 got ECPs in advance to take home About half of these used ECPs at least once No effect on abortion rates was observed Women most at risk probably did not get ECPs 78% of women with advance supplies who got pregnant did not use ECPs.

25. Excellent Evidence that Plan B Works Two trials in which women were randomly assigned to Plan B or Yuzpe regimen. Pregnancy rate in Plan B arm was 51% of the rate in the Yuzpe arm. Plan B is 49% effective if Yuzpe regimen is completely ineffective. If, for example, Yuzpe regimen is 60% effective, then Plan B is 79% effective.

26. Excellent Evidence that Plan B Works

27. Lessons Learned ECPs are not used nearly frequently enough! Women underestimate their risk of pregnancy More education is needed OTC switch is necessary?but not sufficient?for solving this problem Major public health impact is unlikely

28. Beginning Contraception after EC Oral contraceptives, patches, and vaginal rings, and injectables Regular start: use backup until next period, then begin new method according to regular patient instructions Jump/quick start: take 2 ECP doses. Start new method the next/same day (use backup for first seven days)

29. Initiating Ongoing Method: Condoms immediately Spermicides immediately Diaphragm immediately Implant within 7 days after next menses * Mirena after next menses * * backup until menses

30. Bleeding Patterns After Plan B Two studies specifically designed to assess the effects of ECPs containing 1.5 mg levonorgestrel taken in a single dose on bleeding patterns

31. Bleeding Patterns After Plan B?1 The first study found that when taken in the first three weeks of the menstrual cycle, ECPs significantly shortened that cycle compared both to the usual cycle length and to the cycle duration in a comparison group of similar women who had not taken ECPs. The magnitude of this effect was greater the earlier the pills were taken.

33. Bleeding Patterns After Plan B?1 This regimen taken later in the cycle had no effect on cycle length, but it did cause prolongation of the next menstrual period The ECPs had no effect on the duration of the post-treatment menstrual cycle, but the second period was prolonged Intermenstrual bleeding was uncommon after ECP use, although more common than among women who had not taken ECPs

34. Bleeding Patterns After Plan B?2 The second study compared the baseline cycle with the treatment and post-treatment cycles. Cycle length was significantly shortened by one day when ECPs were taken in the preovulatory phase of the cycle and was significantly lengthened by two days when ECPs were taken in the postovulatory phase. No difference in cycle length was observed for women who took ECPs during the periovulatory phase of the cycle (from two days before to two days after the expected day of ovulation).

35. Bleeding Patterns After Plan B?2 Menstrual period duration increased significantly when ECPs were taken in the periovulatory or postovulatory phase in both the treatment and post-treatment cycles. The duration of the post-treatment menstrual cycle remained significantly longer when ECPs were taken in the postovulatory phase. During the treatment cycle, 15% of women experienced intermenstrual bleeding; this was significantly more common when ECPs were taken in the preovulatory phase

36. EC Hotline and Website Emergency Contraception Hotline 1-888-NOT-2-LATE 630k calls since 1996 Emergency Contraception Website http://not-2-late.com 3.2m visits since 1994

37. Providers on the Hotline and Website

38. State Websites: Prescriptions Called In Georgia: www.ecconnection.org Illinois: www.plannedparenthoodchicago.com Indiana: www.ppin.org/ecaccess/ecinfo.html Maine: www.ppnne.org Massachusetts: www.pplm.org North Carolina: http://www.pphsinc.org/ec/ Oregon: www.ppcw.org South Carolina: http://www.pphsinc.org/ec/ Vermont: www.ppnne.org Washington: www.ppcw.org West Virginia: http://www.pphsinc.org/ec/

39. Statewide Hotlines: Prescriptions Called In Connecticut: 800-230-PLAN Georgia: 877-ECPills Illinois : 866-222-EC4U or 217-544-2744 Maryland: 877-99-GO-4-EC Massachusetts: 800-682-9218, 642-5665, 539-2378 Michigan: 734-973-0710 Minnesota: 612-625-4607 Montana: 800-584-9911 New Mexico: 505-272-9304 New York: 585-271-9055 North Carolina: 866-942-7762 South Carolina: 800-230-PLAN West Virginia: 800-230-PLAN Wisconsin: 877-975-9858

40. States with Call-in Prescriptions

41. Emergency Contraception BTC Alaska California Hawaii Maine Massachusetts Montana New Hampshire New Mexico Vermont Washington Canada France United Kingdom Australia South Africa 33 other countries+5 OTC

42. Pharmacists Providing ECPs

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