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Acceptability and use of emergency contraception among married women in Bangalore, India.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23312589     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess knowledge, acceptability, and use of emergency contraceptive pills (ECs) among lower-income married women in Bangalore, India.
METHODS: EC counseling and supplies were offered to 322 women aged 18-25 years participating in a longitudinal reproductive health study. Participants completed interviews at enrollment and were followed for 1 year. EC acceptability and use were assessed, and factors associated with use were identified.
RESULTS: 206/320 (64.4%) participants did not desire pregnancy but only 46/321 (14.3%) used an intrauterine device or contraceptive pills. Only 25 (7.8%) had heard of ECs. Overall, 123 (38.2%) participants requested advance provisions of ECs after counseling. Over a year, 37/263 (14.1%) women used ECs, usually within 3 days of unprotected sex (33 [89.2%]), and 32 (86.5%) took both pills together or 1 day apart. Thirty-six (97.3%) felt glad and 31 (83.8%) were relieved after taking ECs. Twenty-five (67.6%) women who used ECs sought permission from their husbands. The only factor associated with EC use was couples' pregnancy intentions (odds ratio 4.71; 95% confidence interval, 1.43-15.58; P≤0.01).
CONCLUSION: Indian women with access to ECs generally used them correctly and found them acceptable. Efforts to expand EC knowledge and access should be coupled with efforts to promote gender equality in the reproductive sphere.
Corinne H Rocca; Mridula Shankar; Anuradha Sreevathsa; Suneeta Krishnan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2013-01-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  121     ISSN:  1879-3479     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-13     Completed Date:  2013-09-02     Revised Date:  2014-04-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  64-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2012 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Contraception, Postcoital / psychology*,  utilization
Contraceptives, Oral / therapeutic use
Follow-Up Studies
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Services Accessibility
Intrauterine Devices / utilization
Longitudinal Studies
Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
Pregnancy, Unplanned / psychology
Pregnancy, Unwanted / psychology*
Reproductive Health
Time Factors
Young Adult
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Contraceptives, Oral

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