Emergency Contraception Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Emergency Contraception
A discussion of the underutilization of this method of birth control.
# 24394 | 1,125 words | 4 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 12, 2003 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Hot Topics (Birth Control)

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Discusses underutilization of this method of birth control. Benefit of reducation of unwanted pregnancies. Progestin-only pills (POP) as a form of emergency contraception. Mechanisms of action of the "mini-pill." Importance for CNM's (Certified nurse-midwives) & FNPs (Family nurse practitioners) to provide clients with information. Need for patient education programs.

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"Emergency Contraception
In the United States, it is estimated that approximately 60 percent of all pregnancies were unwanted or mistimed at the point when conception occurred (Morgan & Deneris, 1997). Emergency contraception is the only contraceptive option that allows prevention of pregnancy after intercourse has occurred (Calebretto, 1999). It could offer significant reduction in the number of unintended pregnancies if given to all appropriate candidates, but opportunities for its use are often missed (Coeytaux & Pillsbury, 2001).

Studies have shown that providers= lack of knowledge about emergency contraception and/or misinformation about this method contribute to its underutilization. Media attention to emergency contraception has..."

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