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PAFMJ. 2015; 65(4): 540-543


SURVEY OF PATIENT AWARENESS AND BELIEFS REGARDING EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION

Fouzia Amir, Gulshan Ara Saeed, Shazia Fakhar,*Anjum Ara Saeed,**Shazia Amir.

Abstract
Objective: To investigate patientís knowledge and beliefs regarding emergency contraception and its use.
Study Design: Cross-sectional descriptive study
Place and Duration of Study: A six months cross-sectional descriptive study, from 1st July 2009 till 31st December 2009 carried out at Shifa international Hospital (SIH) and Shifa community health centre (SFCHC) Islamabad.
Patients and Methods: All married women of reproductive age coming to SIH or SFCHC clinics after informed consent were interviewed regarding their knowledge of emergency contraception.
Results: A total of 770 women were interviewed, but the data was completed for 759 women. 131 women (17.3%) had knowledge about emergency contraception but only 79 (10.4%) had actually used this method for contraception.
Conclusion: There is a very low awareness level regarding emergency contraception among women of developing countries even in the urban population.

Key words: Awareness, Emergency contraception, Reproductive age women



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