Emergency Contraception - User's Profile
Retrospective analysis of requests of emergency hormonal contraception using pharmacy protocols registered in 2003 and 2006.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Retrospective
|Official Title:||Emergency Contraception - Observational Study of User's Profile|
- Sexual and protective behaviour [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]questions of interest: "Did you forget to take the pill?", "Did you have any other unprotected sexual intercourse since your last period?" and "Have you ever taken the "morning-after pill" before?"
- elapsed hours since unprotected intercourse [ Time Frame: 1 month ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
- pharmacy status and care activity [ Time Frame: 1 month ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]pharmacy status (walk-in or emergency), and the three activities of the pharmacists (performance of a pregnancy test, delivery of EHC, referral to a physician).
|Study Start Date:||January 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||August 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
In 2002, Levonorgestrel was introduced in Switzerland for emergency hormonal contraception (EC) without prescription ('pharmacist only'). In 2003, a first analysis of requests of EC showed that the dispensing of EC through pharmacies could successfully be implemented (Lemke et al 2004).
This study was repeated three years later with the aim to explore whether the user's profile has changed after introduction of a low threshold access to EC.