What happened when Scottish women were given advance supplies of emergency contraception? A survey and qualitative study of women's views and experiences

Ziebland, S., Wyke, S. , Seaman, P., Fairhurst, K., Walker, J. and Glasier, A. (2005) What happened when Scottish women were given advance supplies of emergency contraception? A survey and qualitative study of women's views and experiences. Social Science and Medicine, 60(8), pp. 1767-1769.

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Abstract

The Lothian Emergency Contraception Project in Scotland was a radical intervention in which women aged 16-29 were given 5 packs of emergency contraception (EC) to keep at home. We use survey and qualitative interview data to describe how women used the project packs and their views of advance supplies. The women's accounts suggest that concerns that eased access to emergency contraception will lead to repeated use and risky sex appear to be largely unfounded. Women were pleased to be offered the packs, which were reported as having practical advantages and also sparing them the difficulty of negotiating a sometimes awkward consultation. Respondents explained how they used their packs of EC and in their accounts used justifications, repetition and distancing to emphasise that they would not take risks with contraception or sexually transmitted infections. We interpret the data in the light of the observation that EC has an anomalous role in contraception and the work of applied linguists Candlin and Lucas who have demonstrated the difficulties inherent in the family planning consultation

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This article was summarised in; Evidence Based Nursing, 2006; 9, 29
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wyke, Professor Sally and Seaman, Dr Peter
Authors: Ziebland, S., Wyke, S., Seaman, P., Fairhurst, K., Walker, J., and Glasier, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:Social Science and Medicine
Publisher:Pergamon
ISSN:0277-9536
ISSN (Online):1873-5347

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