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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.



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.


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


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.


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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