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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2006;12(2):124-131.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2006.12.2.124   
Perceptions of Emergency Contraceptive Pills among Young Korean Women
Hee Sun Kang
Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Chung-Ang University 221 Heuksukdong Dongjakku, Seoul, Korea. goodcare@cau.ac.kr
The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions regarding the use of Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECPs) among young Korean women. METHOD: The study included 14 unmarried women aged 19 to 34 years (mean, 25 years). Data was collected by focus group interviews and an in-depth interview from July to November, 2005. Content analysis was conducted. RESULT: The four major themes that emerged were control of accessibility, safety concern, lack of knowledge and information, and ambivalence. Control of accessibility: Most of the participants stated a prescription is necessary although they might feel ashamed if they had to ask for an ECP. Safety concerns: Participants thought that taking an ECP would be harmful to their body. Lack of knowledge and information: Most of the participants felt that they did not know enough about ECPs and were willing to learn more. Ambivalence: The participants stated that they would take an ECP when needed and would recommend it to a friend although they were concerned about the risks of ECPs.
The results from this study suggest the need for an educational and awareness program to empower women to be able to make informed decisions on ECPs when needed.
Key Words: Contraception; Perception; Women

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