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Survey Finds Teens Unaware of Emergency Contraception

In a telephone survey published in the August issue of The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, only 23% of teens knew that any kind of post-coital contraception existed, and only 28% had heard of morning after pills. The survey consisted of 1,500 adolescents ranging in age from 12 to 18.

Of the teens who knew about emergency contraception, only 32% knew it required a prescription and 74% did not know how late after sex they could take it. Teenage girls were more likely to have heard about it than were boys. Once the adolescents in the study were informed of this option, two thirds of the girls studied said they would use it. Summarizing the results of the survey, researchers hypothesized that access to emergency contraception would lower the teenage pregnancy rate.

Media Resources: Source: Reuters - August 13, 1998