Emergency contraception in Honduras: Knowledge, attitudes, and practice among urban family planning clients
Garcia,Sandra G.; Lara,Diana K.; Landis,Sarah H.; Yam,Eileen A.; Pavón,Suyapa
Studies in Family Planning 37(3): 187-196
Publication date: 2006
Emergency contraception (EC) has the potential to improve women's reproductive health significantly. In Honduras, where nearly one-fourth of pregnancies are unplanned, the need for EC is substantial. To increase awareness of this option, nongovernmental organizations launched countrywide EC outreach activities in 2001-03. We conducted pre- and postintervention cross-sectional surveys among a total of 2,693 family planning clinic clients to assess EC knowledge, attitudes, and practice at baseline and at two years postintroduction. EC awareness increased over time, but remained at just 20 percent at follow-up. Respondents generally demonstrated a positive attitude and low rates of concern about EC. Awareness of and willingness to use EC were strongly associated with age, educational status, and city of residence. Public-sector acceptance of the method is essential to increase awareness of and access to EC. This study is intended to fill an information gap regarding EC in Latin America and the Caribbean and to be useful in determining educational messages and target audiences for future awareness campaigns in Honduras.