Routine provision of emergency contraception to teens of subsequent condom use: a preliminary study

McKay, Alexander
September 2000
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2000, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p212
Academic Journal
Emergency contraception (EC), when used after unprotected intercourse has occurred, can be an important tool in helping adolescent women avoid unintended pregnancy. A possible draw back of making EC widely available is that it might alleviate adolescent concern about becoming pregnant and thereby induce a reduction in condom use, thus increasing risk of STD and unintended pregnancy. The author conducted a 3-month follow-up study of young women, aged 14-20, who received a Preven kit from a Planned Parenthood centre in New York City. The subjects completed base-line questionnaires and received and returned by mail 1-month and 3-month follow-up questionnaires regarding their sexual behavior. Thirty-eight women completed all three questionnaires.


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