ATLANTA, Ga. – Use of emergency contraception, (morning-after pill), has increased sharply in the last 10 years.
A report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Services, states that since 2002, use of the morning-after pill by women 14 to 44 years old has increased by 11 percent or by about 5.8 million women. Women between 20 and 24 reported using the pill more often than other age groups and accounted for 23 percent of all users.
Demographically, non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women used emergency contraception more often than compared with non-Hispanic black women. About 16 percent of the users were between 25 and 29 years old. About 14 percent were teens, between 15 and 19 and only 5 percent were 30 or more years old.
The study also found that unmarried women constituted 19 percent of women using the pill; while 14 percent lived with a partner. The most common reason stated for using emergency contraception was a fear that the normal contraceptive practice being used may not work. The majority of women only took the pill once. About 24 percent reported using it twice and 17 percent said they had used it three times or more.
The morning-after pill is a compound that contains a high dosage of progestin that inhibits pregnancy by delaying ovulation. Research suggests the drug may make it more difficult for sperm to move past the cervix and into the uterus and may also make the uterus less tolerant of sperm. It can be ingested up to five days after unprotected sex and becomes less effective the longer women delay taking the medication.
Via the CDC.