Interest in a pericoital pill among women in family planning and abortion clinics

Diana Greene Foster, M. Antonia Biggs, Daniel Grossman, Eleanor Schwarz

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Background The purpose of this study was to determine whether women might be interested in repeated use of a pericoital pill, a pill taken around the time of each act of intercourse. Study Design We surveyed women from abortion (n= 635) and family planning (n= 981) clinics regarding their interest in using a pericoital pill. Results Over two thirds (69%) of abortion and 50% of family planning clients said they would definitely or probably be interested in a pericoital pill. Significant predictors of interest in a pericoital pill included race/ethnicity, ease of getting a birth control prescription, frequent unprotected intercourse and seeking abortion services. Conclusion More work is needed to establish the effectiveness of a pericoital pill and determine how frequently a pericoital pill might be used by women who currently have unprotected intercourse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-146
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Access to care
  • Pericoital contraceptives
  • Pregnancy prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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