Emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) use and experiences at college health centers in the mid-Atlantic United States: changes since ECP went over-the-counter

Miller, L.M.

Journal of American college health J of ACH 59(8): 683-689


ISSN/ISBN: 1940-3208
PMID: 21950248
DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2010.544348
Document Number: 227691
To investigate the availability of emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) at college health centers since ECP went over-the-counter (OTC) in 2006. Related issues, such as distribution procedure, existence of a written protocol, personnel involved, contraindications, follow-up procedures, methods of advertising, and staff attitudes, were examined. The sample included 135 college and university health centers in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Data were collected via telephone survey with the use of a 42-item survey instrument. Forty-three percent of schools reported distributing ECPs, for an average of 10.6 years. Major changes in ECP distribution and usage since ECP went OTC related primarily to protocol in ECP distribution, advertising for ECP services, and ECP accessibility to university students. College health centers are responding to the OTC status of ECP in a number of ways, primarily relating to their distribution procedures and advertising techniques.

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