EC use studies from Barcelona

9 June  2017.  Two studies about EC use in  Barcelona, were recently released. The Catalan health authorities looked at EC users’ profiles and other characteristics in sentinel pharmacies of the province of Barcelona, with the aim of improving the contraception program. This study found that the average age of women buying EC was 28 years old, and 56% of customers have used EC before. In Barcelona, a survey of 3,900 students from 14 to 18 years old was undertaken by Barcelona’s Public Health Agency with the aim of knowing health factors and behaviors of teenagers. With regards to EC usage, the study found that the percentage of EC use increased from 9.3% in 2012 to 23% in 2016 in the 15-16 year old group. In addition, 40% of all 17-18 year old women had taken the EC pill at least once in their life. The survey also showed that there was not any significant difference in EC use because of economic status.

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