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Salud Pública de México

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LEYVA-LOPEZ, Ahidee et al. Emergency contraception in mexican students. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2010, vol.52, n.2, pp.156-164. ISSN 0036-3634.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate emergency contraception (EC) knowledge and use as well as identify factors associated to correct EC knowledge among public schools students in Morelos, Mexico. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Cross-sectional study conducted in 2003-2004 in a sample of 1550 students (ages 14-24). Logistic regression was used to identify factors associated to EC correct knowledge. RESULTS: Among all, 40% were men and 60% women with an average age of 19 years. Sixty percent have heard about EC, nevertheless, only 45% have correct knowledge about it; 3% of sexually active students (43%) reported its use. Factors associated to EC correct knowledge are: being a woman (OR=1.66; CI 1,33, 2,06), being sexually active (OR=1.77; CI 1,43, 2,18), middle income (OR=1.87; CI 1,04, 3,37), living in a semi-urban zone (OR=1.34; CI 1,02, 1,77), drinking alcohol (OR=1.78; CI 1,42, 2,22). CONCLUSIONS: In Morelos, adolescents' knowledge of EC is scarce. Specific messages regarding its correct use are necessary.

Keywords : postcoital contraception; adolescents; students; knowledge; Mexico.

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