Monday, May 9, 2011
Guttmacher News Release: Use of emergency contraception has increased, yet few women receive counseling on the method:
Nearly one in 10 women of reproductive age in 2006–2008 had ever used emergency contraception—about twice the proportion who used the method in 2002. Women in their 20s, the group at greatest risk of unintended pregnancy, were more likely than other women to have used the method. Additionally, better-off women were more likely than poor women to have used the method, suggesting that the cost of emergency contraception may present a serious barrier for poorer women. Unfortunately, counseling about emergency contraception—one of the strongest predictors of use—is still low, with only 3% of women having received such counseling . . . .