December 1998

Improving women's access to emergency contraception: innovative information and service delivery strategies

Blanchard K. Improving women's access to emergency contraception: innovative information and service delivery strategies. Journal of the American Medical Women's Assocation. 1998; 53(5):238-241

Barriers to widespread use of emergency contraception (EC) include lack of knowledge on the part of women and providers, lack of support for the method from providers, and lack of a dedicated product in many countries. This article reviews strategies to improve women's access to EC launched by national or regional health authorities, clinicians, grass-roots health organizations, and women's groups. Information campaigns have targeted women to improve their knowledge of EC and providers to improve their comfort with it. Local groups and individual providers have also provided leaflets or designed innovative service strategies in order to improve women's access to the method. Expanding the scope or number of these programs and introducing them in areas where women do not currently have adequate knowledge of or access to EC will insure that more women will be able to use this method.