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Awareness, prior use, and intent to use emergency contraception among Montana women at the time of pregnancy testing.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14509415     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVES: To identify factors associated with awareness of emergency contraception (EC), prior use of EC, and intent to use EC in the future among women at the time of pregnancy testing. METHODS: A convenience sample of women presenting for pregnancy testing and being found to be pregnant in 38 primary health care facilities completed a self-administered, anonymous questionnaire. Information regarding demography, pregnancy intentions, use of any contraception, awareness of EC, prior use of EC, and intent to use EC in the future was collected. RESULTS: Of the 583 women that completed the questionnaire, 62% were aware of EC, 4% had previously used EC, and 13% considered using EC in the future. Women aware of EC were more likely to be white, have > or = 12 years of education, and report use of birth control prior to the current pregnancy. Younger women, those with < 12 years of education, and those not currently living with a partner were more likely to have previously used EC. Women who considered using EC in the future were more likely to be younger, non-white, have < 12 years of education, not currently living with a partner, and their usual source of care was a public clinic. Women who considered using EC in the future were also more likely to not want to be pregnant now or ever (21%) compared to women who wanted to be pregnant now or sooner (12%), or with those who were unsure of their current pregnancy (7%). CONCLUSION: Strategies need to be developed to increase the awareness of EC and determine the factors that would assist in enhancing its utilization.
Authors:
Michael R Spence; Kindra K Elgen; Todd S Harwell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Maternal and child health journal     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1092-7875     ISO Abbreviation:  Matern Child Health J     Publication Date:  2003 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-09-25     Completed Date:  2004-01-05     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9715672     Medline TA:  Matern Child Health J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  197-203     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Helena, Montana 59620-2951, USA. mspence@state.mt.us
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Awareness*
Contraception, Postcoital / utilization*
Female
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Humans
Intention
Montana
Pregnancy*
Pregnancy Tests*
Questionnaires

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