Women's Knowledge and Attitudes About Emergency Contraception: A Survey in a Melbourne Women's Health Clinic Academic Article uri icon


  • The aim of the study was to determine the level of awareness of emergency contraception in women seeking pregnancy counselling and to investigate their attitudes towards emergency contraception. All women presenting for pregnancy counselling at a Melbourne women's health clinic in October 1997 were invited to complete a questionnaire detailing their contraceptive practices. One hundred and sixty-six questionnaires were distributed and 153 were completed (92% response rate). The majority of this sample population had heard of some form of emergency contraception and knew where to access it. However only 26% knew that emergency contraception should be taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse. Although 80% of the sample had heard of emergency contraception (or the morning after pill) only 9% used it in an attempt to prevent this pregnancy. The majority of the women surveyed support the increased availability of emergency contraception by rescheduling it to a non-prescription item and re-packaging as a single treatment.


publication date

  • November 1999