Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The number of women using emergency contraceptive pills rose by 11 percent in 2006-2010 from 4 percent in 2002, according to survey of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
The pill users were mostly between the ages of 20 to 24, never married and college educated, the NCHS survey showed. Their reasons for using the drug are failure of another contraceptive method and unprotected sex.
The least likely to use the pill are aged 30 to 44, currently or formerly married, and with less than a high school education.
Most users also are not substituting the pill for regular birth control as only 59 percent used it once, 24 percent used it twice and 17 percent used it thrice or more.
Meanwhile, a recent study by the UC San Francisco (UCSF) and published in the February issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health support the NCHS findings. The study covering 261 parents/guardians found that the pill ranks fourth in the list of acceptable contraceptive methods for daughters.
Oral birth control pills had the highest acceptability by parents with 59 percent preferring it, followed by condoms at 51 percent, injectable contraception at 46 percent, emergency contraceptive pill at 45 percent, transdermal patches at 42 percent, implants at 32 percent and intra-uterine devices at 18 percent.
The UCSF survey further found that parents who perceived their teens as likely to have sex were more accepting of only condoms and emergency contraception, while parents who regularly attended religious services had a lower acceptance of emergency contraception.