Systematic Review of the profile of emergency contraception users


UNLABELLED Abastract Objective: to discern the profile of the Spanish Emergency Contraceptive users (EC). DESIGN systematic review of contraceptive use in the Spanish population. DATA SOURCE Spanish and international databases, between January 2006 - March 2011. KEYWORDS Contraceptives, Postcoital pills, emergency contraception, levonorgestrel, data collection. STUDY SELECTION original papers, letters to the editor in which stated aims were the description, prediction or measurement of variables related to EC use. Twenty-two papers were retrieved and fourteen were finally selected, all of which were descriptive. DATA EXTRACTION manuscripts were evaluated by two independent reviewers. RESULTS Women requesting EC have ages between 21-24 years, mostly single and university students; declare that they have not previously used EC, and attend an Emergency department, at weekends and within 48 hours following unprotected sexual intercourse. The reason is condom rupture. None of the studies reviewed measured alcohol and other drug consumption, the number of sexual partners, nor any of the studies performed a comparison with a group not using EC. CONCLUSIONS lack of homogeneity and comprehensiveness of studied variables resulted in a limited profile of Spanish EC users. Further studies are needed with a more comprehensive approach if sexual health interventions are to be carried out in possible users.

DOI: 10.1590/1518-8345.0882.2733

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@inproceedings{Amengual2016SystematicRO, title={Systematic Review of the profile of emergency contraception users}, author={Maria de Lluc Bauz{\`a} Amengual and Magdalena Esteva Cant{\'o} and Inmaculada Pereiro Berenguer and Maria Ingla Pol}, booktitle={Revista latino-americana de enfermagem}, year={2016} }