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Who is Using Emergency Contraception? Awareness and Use of Emergency Contraception Among California Women and Teens (Women's Health Issues)

June 1, 2008

CHIS Journal Article

Authors: Susan Baldwin, M. Rosa Solorio, Donna L. Washington, Hongjian Yu, PhD, Yii-Chieh Huang

Emergency contraception reduces women's risk for pregnancy after unprotected intercourse, and women’s awareness of the method is increasingly important for expanding access. However, knowledge of emergency contraception alone does not predict use, and few data surveys describe emergency contraception use among those aware of the method.

Using data from the 2003 California Health Interview Survey, the authors of this report examined awareness and use of emergency contraception among California women. Among the findings: emergency contraception awareness and use remain low, particularly among those population groups at high risk for unintended pregnancy: teens, low-income women and uninsured or underinsured women.

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