The knowledge of pharmacists regarding emergency contraception

The knowledge of pharmacists regarding emergency contraception

Z. Kozinszky, G. Bártfai

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Szeged, Szeged,


Introduction: The widespreading of emergency contraception could

decrease the high abortion rate in Hungary.

Aims and methods: The aim of the study was to determine the knowledge

of pharmacists regarding emergency contraception. In a questionnaire survey

performed in four counties in Hungary, 136 pharmacists answered questions

designed to test their knowledge regarding emergency contraception. The

statistical analysis was tested with the chi-square probes.

Results: Almost all of the pharmacists were aware of the maximum

interval of use of emergency contraceptive pill (EC) use after an unprotected

intercourse and the time interval between the two doses of EC pill (96% and 98%,

respectively). Almost three-quarters (70%) knew the most fertile period of the

cycle, as the most proposed time-interval for the use of EC pills. The awareness

of the side effects of the combined emergency contraceptive pills was extremely

high (100%). The knowledge of failure rate of EC pills was low (24.3%).

Seventy-eight per cent knew that EC pills can not prevent pregnancy after

implantation. Almost ninety percent believed that the EC is the only one

available contraception after an unprotected intercourse.

Conclusions: Pharmacists’ knowledge of emergency contraception is of

paramount importance to make EC pills available overthe- counter and easier

access for the indigent women to receive proper advice. EC could be more

propagated for the teenagers and risk groups concerning contraception.

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