Interest in intrauterine contraception among seekers of emergency contraception and pregnancy testing

Eleanor Schwarz, Megan Kavanaugh, Erika Douglas, Tamara Dubowitz, Mitchell D Creinin

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:: To estimate the interest in using intrauterine contraception among women and adolescent girls seeking emergency contraception or walk-in pregnancy testing. METHODS:: We surveyed 412 women and adolescent girls who requested emergency contraception or pregnancy testing at four family planning clinics in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The 41-item survey assessed knowledge of, attitudes toward, and interest in using an intrauterine device (IUD). Data were analyzed using χ and Fisher exact tests and multivariable logistic regression methods. RESULTS:: The response rate was 85%. Twelve percent (95% confidence interval [CI] 9-15) of women and adolescent girls surveyed expressed interest in same-day insertion of an IUD, and 22% (95% CI 18-26) wanted more information about IUDs. Interest in same-day IUD insertion increased with higher education level, prior unwanted pregnancy, and experience with barriers to use of contraception. CONCLUSION:: Same-day IUD insertion may be a reasonable way to increase the use of highly-effective contraception among women and adolescent girls seeking emergency contraception or walk-in pregnancy testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)833-839
Number of pages7
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Volume113
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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