TITLE

PART 4: ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE USE AMONG CANADIAN WOMEN: PRACTICES AND OPINIONS

PUB. DATE
September 1999
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Fall99, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p183
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
SUMMARY: The oral contraceptive (OC, or pill) is almost universally known, and very widely used, among Canadian women. The 1998 Canadian Contraception Study found that 96% of adult women were familiar with the pill as a method of contraception, and 28% were currently using it: of sexually active women using contraception, the pill was used by 43%. The findings showed that 35% of current pill users reported more than one sexual partner during the past two years, indicating considerable STD/ HIV risk. Respondents thought highly of the pill, with 64% expressing a very favourable opinion of the method, and 73% of current users being very satisfied. However, despite these high levels of awareness and use, many women had misperceptions about the pill, about its safety, side effects, and use. These findings suggest that educational and clinical counselling concerning the birth control pill may need to address these misperceptions.
ACCESSION #
3166679

 

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