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Knowledge of emergency contraception among women seeking abortion services at tertiary care hospital in Western Maharashtra

Rajesh N Lakde, Malangori Abdulgani Parande, Prachi S Wakankar.

Abstract
Background: A safe, effective, and handy method to prevent unplanned pregnancy is available in the form of emergency contraception (EC). By timely and judicious use of EC, 75–85% of the unplanned pregnancies and thereby unsafe abortions can be prevented. It can also play a very important role in reducing maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity. Knowledge about EC is usually very limited and that too, misleading.

Objective: The objective of this study is to assess the knowledge and factors affecting the knowledge of EC among the abortion seekers.

Material and Methods: This was a cross-sectional, hospital-based study conducted among the women requesting an induced abortion at medical termination of pregnancy center in a tertiary care hospital over 2 months (May–June, 2016). Data were collected with the help of a preformed and pre-structured questionnaire which a total of 104 cases were enrolled in the study. The data were tabulated and analyzed using Epi Info and MS Excel.

Results: Majority of the subjects 66.3% had knowledge of contraception, while 39.4% ever used one or the other method of contraception, most commonly used method was condom; 34 (32.7%) had knowledge of EC, of which 6 (5.8%) had good knowledge. Factors such as women belonging to urban area, education, socioeconomic status, and knowledge of contraception and ever used contraceptive were highly significantly associated with knowledge.

Conclusions: This study showed that overall knowledge of EC was poor and that media or the health-care professionals are not providing adequate knowledge of this method. Thus, it is important to improve the knowledge of EC with the help of media, medical or paramedical workers, and NGOs working in the field of health.

Key words: Knowledge; Emergency Contraception; Abortion Seekers


 
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Lakde RN, Parande MA, Wakankar PS. Knowledge of emergency contraception among women seeking abortion services at tertiary care hospital in Western Maharashtra. Int J Med Sci Public Health. 2018; 7(7): 507-513. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0206922032018


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Lakde RN, Parande MA, Wakankar PS. Knowledge of emergency contraception among women seeking abortion services at tertiary care hospital in Western Maharashtra. http://www.ijmsph.com/?mno=292605 [Access: September 19, 2018]. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0206922032018


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Lakde RN, Parande MA, Wakankar PS. Knowledge of emergency contraception among women seeking abortion services at tertiary care hospital in Western Maharashtra. Int J Med Sci Public Health. 2018; 7(7): 507-513. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0206922032018



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Lakde RN, Parande MA, Wakankar PS. Knowledge of emergency contraception among women seeking abortion services at tertiary care hospital in Western Maharashtra. Int J Med Sci Public Health. (2018), [cited September 19, 2018]; 7(7): 507-513. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0206922032018



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Lakde, R. N., Parande, M. A. & Wakankar, P. S. (2018) Knowledge of emergency contraception among women seeking abortion services at tertiary care hospital in Western Maharashtra. Int J Med Sci Public Health, 7 (7), 507-513. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0206922032018



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Lakde, Rajesh N, Malangori Abdulgani Parande, and Prachi S Wakankar. 2018. Knowledge of emergency contraception among women seeking abortion services at tertiary care hospital in Western Maharashtra. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health, 7 (7), 507-513. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0206922032018



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Lakde, Rajesh N, Malangori Abdulgani Parande, and Prachi S Wakankar. "Knowledge of emergency contraception among women seeking abortion services at tertiary care hospital in Western Maharashtra." International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 7 (2018), 507-513. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0206922032018



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Lakde, Rajesh N, Malangori Abdulgani Parande, and Prachi S Wakankar. "Knowledge of emergency contraception among women seeking abortion services at tertiary care hospital in Western Maharashtra." International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 7.7 (2018), 507-513. Print. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0206922032018



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Lakde, R. N., Parande, M. A. & Wakankar, P. S. (2018) Knowledge of emergency contraception among women seeking abortion services at tertiary care hospital in Western Maharashtra. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health, 7 (7), 507-513. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0206922032018





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