Non-estrogen morning-after pill works best
A 14-country study by the World Health Organization indicates that a pill without estrogen but with a larger dose of progestin prevents conception better than a combined estrogen-progestin pill and causes fewer side effects.
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Suzanne F. Delbanco
University of California, Berkeley
2814B Regent Street
Berkeley, CA 94705
Felicia H. Stewart
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
2400 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Paul F.A. Van Look
World Health Organization
Special Programme of Research, Development, and Research Training in Human Reproduction
1211 Geneva 27
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