History, Policy and Nursing Practice Implications of the Plan B® Emergency Contraceptive

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Numerous policy changes have expanded access to emergency contraception, such as Plan B®, in recent years. Plan B® is a progesterone-based medication that prevents pregnancy from occurring up to 120 hours after unprotected intercourse by preventing ovulation and tubal transport. Increased access to Plan B® allows women to make independent decisions regarding reproductive health. Nurses play an important role in providing education as well as comprehensive, compassionate and holistic care.

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