Academic journal article The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality

Routine Provision of Emergency Contraception to Teens and Subsequent Condom Use: A Preliminary Study

Academic journal article The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality

Routine Provision of Emergency Contraception to Teens and Subsequent Condom Use: A Preliminary Study

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Roye, C.F. (2001). Routine provision of `emergency contraception to teens and subsequent condom use: a preliminary study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 28, 165-166. 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. Roye conducted a 3-month follow-up study of young women, aged 14-20, who received a Preven[TM] (Gynetics) 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 behaviour.Thirty-eight women completed all three questionnaires.

At baseline, 53% of the young women reported having used a condom at last intercourse. Of those who reported at base line that they had not used condoms at last intercourse, 39% reported condom use at last intercourse at the third follow-up, three months after receiving the EC. …

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