Knowledge and use of emergency contraception among educated sexually active men and women

  • AA Kullima
  • BM Audu
  • U El-Nafaty
  • M Bukar
  • A Massa

Abstract

Background: One of the effective ways to reduce unwanted pregnancy and its consequences is the knowledge and effective use of emergency contraception among the population.
Aim: To evaluate the knowledge of emergency contraception among educated men and women and how often they use it.
Methodology: Educated men and women were randomly selected from the community, among hospital staff and patients attending antenatal and gynaecological clinics at the Federal Medical Centre Gombe. Self administered questionnaires were used to get information on their knowledge and use of emergency contraception.
Results: There is paucity of both use and correct knowledge of emergency contraceptive methods, with a high prevalence of wrong information about methods.
Conclusions:  Inclusion of emergency contraception in routine antenatal health education and family planning counselling should increase both awareness and correct use.

Keywords:  Knowledge, Attitude, Use, Emergency contraception, Men, Women 
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