Study Finds Spanish Women Highly Value Hormonal EC

Data from the study “Women’s perception of emergency contraceptive pills” are now available. The study examined Spanish women’s opinions and knowledge on hormonal EC. The researchers’ findings included the following:

  • 84% of Spanish women consider that having the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) available is a major breakthrough for woman.
  • 76% considered that the ECP is a “responsible choice” to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.
  • Only 1 out of 4 women exposed to risk of pregnancy, resorts to ECP. The main reason not to use ECP is the underestimation of the risk of pregnancy, in 63% of cases.
  • Women who resorted to ECP made a rational use of it, and used ECP due to a failure of their contraceptive method.
  • 86% want the taboos and sense of guilt related to ECP use, to disappear.  92% of them want more information and a greater involvement of health workers.

The study has been conducted by BVa Healthcare in cooperation with HRA Pharma. For the full text of this study (in Spanish), please click here. Please also see the study’s summary and conclusions.