IMR Press / CEOG / Volume 47 / Issue 1 / DOI: 10.31083/j.ceog.2020.01.5280
Open Access Original Research
Knowledge and availability of the emergency contraceptive pills: an Italian women survey
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1 Department of Morphology, Surgery and Experimental Medicine, Section of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ferrara, Ferrara
2 Department of Gynecological and Urological Sciences, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome
3 Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences and Translational Medicine, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome
4 Complex Operative Unit of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “Alto Tevere” Hospital of Città di Castello, ASL 1 Umbria
5 School of Law, Legal medicine. University of Camerino, Italy
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2020, 47(1), 93–98; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.ceog.2020.01.5280
Published: 15 February 2020
Abstract

Aim: Assessing to what extent do Italian women actually know about the emergency contraceptive pills and about their availability. Materials and Methods: A 12-questions questionnaire was organized to investigate the knowledge about the emergency contraceptive pills in a sample of Italian women. The sample was built by sending the questionnaire on time, by using the Computer Assisted Web Interviewing (CAWI). Both open and closed answers were collected. Results: 1, 580 eligible women fully answered the questionnaire. It appears that women still face some difficulties to obtain emergency contraceptive pills and have poor knowledge about how the post-coital pills work, and how they can obtain them in Italy. The difficulties to obtain emergency contraceptive pills seems to be in relation to the pharmacologists’ resistance to provide them. Women’s perception of the pharmacologists’ resistance to provide pills is unspecific. Conclusion: The pharmacologists’ resistance to provide pills should be best investigated, as ethical goals and liability issues could be both involved.

Keywords
Emergency contraceptive pills
Liability
Computer Assisted Web Interviewing (CAWI)
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