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Contraception. 2013 Jul;88(1):141-6. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2013.01.004. Epub 2013 Jan 22.

Interest in a pericoital pill among women in family planning and abortion clinics.

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University of California San Francisco, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, Oakland, CA 94612, USA. fosterd@obgyn.ucsf.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The purpose of this study was to determine whether women might be interested in repeated use of a pericoital pill, a pill taken around the time of each act of intercourse.

STUDY DESIGN:

We surveyed women from abortion (n=635) and family planning (n=981) clinics regarding their interest in using a pericoital pill.

RESULTS:

Over two thirds (69%) of abortion and 50% of family planning clients said they would definitely or probably be interested in a pericoital pill. Significant predictors of interest in a pericoital pill included race/ethnicity, ease of getting a birth control prescription, frequent unprotected intercourse and seeking abortion services.

CONCLUSION:

More work is needed to establish the effectiveness of a pericoital pill and determine how frequently a pericoital pill might be used by women who currently have unprotected intercourse.

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