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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 376-380

Knowledge and use of emergency contraceptive pill: An analysis of perception and practice among unmarried urban women

Department of Research, Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Rakhi Mathur
1, Prabhu Dayal Marg, Sanganer Airport, Jaipur - 302 011, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.123926

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Objective: The objective of this study was to collect evidence with respect to perception and practice of unmarried women toward the use of emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs). Materials and Methods: Non-probability purposive sampling was used to select respondents. A total of 250 respondents were administered the tools for the study, of which 228 were considered for analysis. Results and Discussion: Descriptive statistics showed that nearly 87% of the respondents were aware of ECPs and there was a significant difference in the knowledge of ECP of the respondents by type of the institution they had studied. More than half of the (52%) respondents admitted to have boyfriends of which 16% were sexually involved and were using some form of contraception. Nearly 84% of the respondents used ECP, which superseded the use of other contraceptives. It was further found that around two-third respondents were using ECP regularly. The reason that "ECP did not hinder pleasure" and that it was handy in case of "unplanned contact" were the most cited reasons for using ECP as a regular contraceptive. Conclusion: The fact that ECPs was preferred over condom and was used regularly shows that the respondents were at a risk of sexually transmitted infection/human immunodeficiency virus. Health-care providers could be the most authentic source of information for orienting young women toward the use of safe sexual practices.

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