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Awareness of emergency contraception
  1. Sarju Mathew, MD, MRCOG, Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and
  2. Rennie Urquhart, MD, FRCOG, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  1. Forth Park Hospital, Kirkcaldy, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr S Mathew, The Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health, 51 Little France Crescent, New Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH16 4SA, UK. E-mail: doctorsarjumathew{at}


Objective To study the level of awareness and use of emergency contraception (EC) in women attending a pregnancy termination clinic.

Method A questionnaire was handed to all women attending the clinic for termination of pregnancy and related advice during the month of February 2003. Completed questionnaires were collected before the women left the clinic and the data analysed.

Results A total of 78 women received the questionnaire and all except two were returned. Fifty-nine (78%) women were familiar with EC. Sixty percent of women felt that EC was easily accessible, but only 37% of them had ever used it. However, 90% of the women questioned would consider using EC in the future.

Conclusion Despite the level of awareness of EC in Fife being quite good, EC is underused for many reasons.

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