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The Copper T380A IUD vs. Oral Levonorgestrel for Emergency Contraception (IUD EC)

This study has been completed.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Society of Family Planning
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
David Turok, University of Utah Identifier:
First received: August 25, 2009
Last updated: February 2, 2017
Last verified: October 2016
The purpose of this study is to see if women presenting for emergency contraception (EC) and choose the copper intrauterine device (IUD) will have fewer unplanned pregnancies in the next year compared to women who choose oral levonorgestrel for EC. The study will also compare use of an effective method of contraception in the year after they received EC.

Condition Intervention
Drug: Copper T380 IUD
Drug: Oral levonorgestrel

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Other
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Preventing Future Pregnancy After Choosing the Copper IUD vs. Oral Levonorgestrel for Emergency Contraception

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Further study details as provided by University of Utah:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Unplanned pregnancy [ Time Frame: within 12 months of presenting for EC ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Use of an effective method of contraception in the year following use of emergency contraception. [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
  • IUD expulsion, removal or perforation [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Enrollment: 548
Study Start Date: October 2009
Study Completion Date: August 2011
Primary Completion Date: August 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Women presenting for emergency contraception who select the copper IUD
Drug: Copper T380 IUD
copper T 380 IUD
Other Name: Paragard IUD
Oral levonorgestrel
Women presenting for emergency contraception who select oral levonorgestrel
Drug: Oral levonorgestrel
1.5 mg
Other Name: Plan B

Detailed Description:

All women presenting to 2 Planned Parenthood Association of Utah clinics in Salt Lake City will be offered participation in this study. Women will select either the copper IUD or oral levonorgestrel for EC. The primary outcome is unplanned pregnancy in the year following presentation for EC.

Secondary outcomes include use of an effective method of contraception over the next year, abortions, repeat use of EC, number of days to first bleeding episode and duration of that bleeding episode, use of a barrier method to prevent sexually transmitted infections, patient satisfaction with the chosen method of EC and contraception. Participants selecting the IUD will be assessed for IUD expulsion, perforation, and removal.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 30 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Women presenting to family planning clinics for emergency contraception

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Women 18-30 years old,
  • in need of emergency contraception (had unprotected intercourse within 120 hours),
  • willing to give consent for participation in research,
  • willing to comply with study requirements, and
  • accessible by telephone.

Participants selecting the IUD need to identify themselves as desiring long-term contraception.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Current pregnancy
  • Had pelvic inflammatory disease or septic abortion within the past 3 months or had gonorrhea or chlamydia infection in the last 60 days
  • Current behavior suggesting a high risk for pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Allergy to copper or Wilson's disease (for participants selecting the copper IUD) or allergy to levonorgestrel (for participants selecting oral levonorgestrel)
  • Abnormalities of the uterus that distort the uterine cavity
  • Mucopurulent cervicitis
  • A previously placed IUD that has not been removed
  • Genital bleeding of an unknown etiology
  • Ovarian, cervical, or endometrial cancer
  • Small uterine cavity (< 6cm)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00966771

United States, Utah
Planned Parenthood Association of Utah Salt Lake City Clinic
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 84102-3430
Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, West Valley City Clinic
West Valley City, Utah, United States, 84119-4715
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Utah
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Society of Family Planning
Principal Investigator: David Turok, MD University of Utah
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: David Turok, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Utah Identifier: NCT00966771     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 30937
1R21HD063028-01A1 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: August 25, 2009
Last Updated: February 2, 2017
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by University of Utah:
emergency contraception
pregnancy prevention after unprotected intercourse

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Contraceptive Agents, Female
Contraceptive Agents
Reproductive Control Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Contraceptives, Oral, Synthetic
Contraceptives, Oral
Trace Elements
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