Journal of Basic and Clinical Reproductive Sciences

Journal of Basic and Clinical Reproductive Sciences

Understanding of Emergency Contraception among Nursing Staff in a Tertiary Care Hospital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

Author(s): Charu Sharma

Context: Emergency contraception (EC) offers women a last chance to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse. Nursing personnel are both service providers and health educators to the community and their understanding can influence the contraceptive behaviour.
Aim: To find out the understanding of emergency contraception among nursing personnel.
Settings and design: Descriptive cross-sectional study.
Material and methods: A predesigned questionnaire was used to collect the responses of nurses regarding their understanding of Emergency Contraception. Statistical analysis used: Mean & Percentages.
Results: Eighty (80%) of the respondents had heard about EC. Majority (88.75%) responded in favour of Levonorgestrel. Most (76.25%) opined incorrectly that EC pills are abortifacient. All the participants showed positive attitude towards EC. However, only three participants came out to be EC users.
Conclusion: Nurses with a complete knowledge and positive attitude towards EC can act as effective counsellors to the public to create awareness, improve their understanding and change their attitude towards EC.


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