WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Couples that have experienced a condom break or slip within the last 72 hours can still prevent pregnancy by calling 1-888-NOT-2-LATE. 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 contraception, 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 http://opr.princeton.edu/ec/. 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