The emergency contraceptive pill was introduced in the 1970s. It was first known as the 'morning-after pill', and by the mid-1970s Family Planning clinics were seeing many women coming in on Monday mornings. From 2002 emergency contraceptives were also available from selected pharmacists. The name was changed – 'morning after' pill was misleading, as it can be used up to 72 hours after sex.
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