Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
BORGES, Ana Luiza Vilela; FUJIMORI, Elizabeth; HOGA, Luiza Akiko Komura and CONTIN, Marcelo Vieira. Contraceptive practices among university students: the use of emergency contraception. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.4, pp. 816-826. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2010000400023.
This study investigated contraceptive practices and especially the use of emergency contraception by 487 young students at a public university in São Paulo State. A structured questionnaire was sent by e-mail and completed online in December 2007. Contraceptive methods and use of emergency contraception were investigated. Female and male students reported a high proportion of contraceptive use, mainly condoms and the pill. Half of the students had already used emergency contraception, often when already using some other highly effective method. Among female students, multiple regression analysis showed that current age, age at sexual initiation, not having used condoms in sexual relations, condom failure, and knowing someone that has used emergency contraception were associated with use of the latter. The option for emergency contraception proved to be more closely related to inconsistencies in the use of regular methods than to lack of their use, and can thus be considered a marker for discontinuity in regular contraception.
Keywords : Contraception; Sexual and Reproductive Health; Postcoital Contraception.