This policy brief reports key findings of a study in India that explored providers’ knowledge of how emergency contraception (ECP) works and its safety and effectiveness, their perceptions of the frequency of repeat use, their provision of ECP, and their attitudes toward women who seek it. Many of the findings of this study are encouraging. Most providers believed that ECP is an effective and safe method to prevent pregnancy and that it cannot induce abortion, and half supported the over-the-counter provision of ECP. Nevertheless, the study revealed many biases and gaps in knowledge. Recommendations include a number of ways to increase education and information about ECPs.
Khan, M.E., Isha Bhatnagar, Deepthi S. Varma, and Anvita Dixit. 2012. "Providers' attitudes and practices regarding emergency contraception in India: Key findings," program brief. New York: Population Council.
Revitalizing the Emergency Contraception Agenda
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