Emergency Contraception Use: The Influence of Awareness, Attitudes, and Beliefs Among Non-Hispanic White, Non-Hispanic Black, and Hispanic Women in the United States

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Emergency Contraception Use: The Influence of Awareness, Attitudes, and Beliefs Among Non-Hispanic White, Non-Hispanic Black, and Hispanic Women in the United States

Abstract

This study used data from the 2016 Survey of Family Planning and Women's Lives to assess the association of sexual and pregnancy history, attitudes toward pregnancy, attitudes toward contraception, awareness and beliefs about emergency contraception (EC), and source of information regarding contraception with ever using EC. After adjusting for demographic characteristics, we found no significant differences in ever using EC by race/ethnicity. Awareness and beliefs about safety and effectiveness are modifiable factors that may influence EC use. Population-level interventions can focus on improving awareness and understanding of the safety and effectiveness of EC.

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