Knowledge, use and perception of emergency contraceptive pills among undergraduate university students in Thailand.

University essay from Uppsala universitet/Institutionen för folkhälso- och vårdvetenskap; Uppsala universitet/Institutionen för folkhälso- och vårdvetenskap

Abstract:

Unwanted pregnancies and induced abortions are made among Thai youths. The aim of this studywas to examine the knowledge, use and perceptions of Emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) among undergraduate university students in Bangkok, Thailand, and also investigatedifferences between genders concerning these issues. An empirical descriptive cross- sectional study was performed. A quantitative method was used and Dorothea Orem’s Nursing Theory of Self- care deficit was provided as the theoretical framework. A questionnaire was distributed to 210 students at a university outside Bangkok. The result shows that 84% of the male and 88.9% of the female students knew that the purpose of using ECPs is to avoid unwanted pregnancies. About 36% of the males and 36% of the females had the misconception that ECPs aborts fertilized ovum. Around 21% of the male and 13.7% of the female students had the experience of using ECPs.One common perception among the students was that ECPs are the best method to prevent from unwanted pregnancies, 14.7% of the males and 27.7% of the females perceived that. This study results indicate that more knowledge about ECPs are required for these students. 

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