Help for Victims of Condom Breaks

Oct 23, 1997, 01:00 ET from Reproductive Health Technologies Project

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Couples that have experienced a condom
 break or slip within the last 72 hours can still prevent pregnancy by calling
     Ansell Personal Products recalled approximately 57 million Lifestyles,
 Prime, and Contempo condoms Tuesday after discovering that some batches of
 condoms were breaking at unacceptably high rates.  Ansell manufactures
 20 percent of the condoms sold in the United States.  The good news is that
 victims of defective condoms and other birth control mishaps are only a phone
 call away from help.
     The Emergency Contraception Hotline, 1-888-NOT-2-LATE, explains how
 emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sexual
 intercourse.  The hotline also gives callers the names and numbers of five
 health care providers in their immediate area that prescribe emergency
     Emergency contraceptives include emergency contraceptive pills, minipills,
 and the copper-T IUD.  Each requires a prescription from a health care
 provider, and each is at least 75 percent effective at preventing pregnancy.
 Unlike condoms, however, emergency contraception does not protect against
 sexually transmitted diseases, it is simply a birth control method.
     Every night in the United States, about 10 million couples at risk of
 unintended pregnancy have intercourse; among these, approximately
 36,000 experience a condom break or slip.  For these couples, emergency
 contraception provides a last chance to prevent pregnancy.
     For more information, call the Emergency Contraception Hotline at
 1-888-NOT-2-LATE, or access the Emergency Contraception Website at
     Reproductive Health Technologies Project, a Washington, D.C., non-profit
 organization dedicated to building awareness of emergency contraception, is
 the sponsor of the Hotline and Website.

SOURCE Reproductive Health Technologies Project