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Women’s willingness to use emergency contraception: Experience at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa

Tshimangadzo Abigail Lukhaimane, Yasmin Adam

Abstract


Access to emergency contraception (EC) has little restriction in South Africa. EC is a contraceptive method that can be used by women up to 7 days after unprotected intercourse. It can be used in the following situations: when no contraceptive has been used; for condom accidents; after intrauterine contraceptive device expulsion; when a contraceptive method has been incorrectly used, or contraceptive pills missed; if there has been a >3-hour delay in taking the progestogen-only pill, a >2-week delay for intramuscular depot medroxyprogesterone acetate or a >1-week delay for intramuscular norethisterone enanthate; or after delayed placement or early removal or dislodgement of a contraceptive transdermal patch or vaginal ring.


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Tshimangadzo Abigail Lukhaimane, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa

Yasmin Adam, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Keywords

Emergency contraception; Knowledge; Advanced supply; Willingness to use

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2015;105(4):266-267. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.9411

Article History

Date submitted: 2015-01-25
Date published: 2015-03-04

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