Emergency contraception knowledge among women in a Boston community

Cynthia H. Chuang, Karen M. Freund

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This study assesses the baseline knowledge of emergency contraception (EC) in a Boston neighborhood. A written survey was distributed to women aged 18-44 years in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. Of the 188 participants, 82% have heard of EC. Knowledge disparities by race/ethnicity groups were seen, with only 51% of Latina women and 75% of Black women having heard of EC compared with 99% of White women (p<.0001 and p=.002, respectively). Of the entire cohort, 39% knew that EC works by preventing pregnancy, 48% knew that it should be taken within 72-120 h of unprotected intercourse and 44% knew that it is only available by prescription in Massachusetts. Only 25% of women have ever discussed EC with a health care provider, and only 12% have ever received an advance prescription. A community education campaign aimed at reproductive-age women, health care providers and pharmacists has been tailored to address these knowledge deficits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-160
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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