Friday, February 15, 2013

Emergency Contraception

More than 1 in 10 women aged 15 to 44 has used emergency contraception, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. First approved by the FDA in 1998, at least four brands of emergency contraceptive pills are now available over-the-counter to prevent pregnancy after sexual intercourse. When women are asked why they used an emergency contraceptive, 45 percent cited birth control method failure and 49 percent blamed it on unprotected sex.

The percentage of women aged 15 to 44 who have ever used emergency contraception nearly tripled between 2002 and 2006-2010, rising from 4 to 11 percent. By age, ever-use peaks at 23 percent among women aged 20 to 24.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Survey of Family Growth, Use of Emergency Contraception among Women Aged 15-44, 2006-2010

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