I hate to say I told you so…ok that’s a lie…
Giving women the morning-after pill makes no difference to either the pregnancy rate or the abortion rate, a family planning expert says today.
Contrary to assumptions, says Anna Glasier, director of the Lothian primary care NHS trust in Edinburgh, several studies - including one that she herself led - have shown that even giving women packets of morning-after pills to keep at home in case they need them does not reduce the proportions having unplanned babies or terminations.
"When reasons for not using emergency contraception, despite having a supply at home, were documented, three out of every four women said they did not realise they had put themselves at risk of pregnancy," she writes in the British Medical Journal today.
The focus should be on getting people to take precautions before or during sex rather than afterwards, she argues.
During sex? Is this a reference to the pullout method?
There has never been a placebo-controlled trial of the morning-after pill for ethical reasons. "Despite the clear increase in the use of emergency contraception, abortion rates have not fallen in the
. They have risen from 11 per 1,000 women aged 15-44 in 1984 (136,388 abortions) to 17.8 per 1,000 in 2004 (185,400 abortions)," she writes. UK shows the same pattern, she says. The estimates of efficacy could well be skewed by the inadequacy of the information researchers are given by some women using the pill. "Many women using emergency contraception have recently had unprotected intercourse more than once, many are vague about the date of their last period, and a few were too drunk to be sure they had even had sex." Sweden
Well well well….this is the monkey sex I was referring to in my last blog about the morning after pill. If you can’t teach a monkey to use birth control, good luck with these women.
If you are looking for an intervention that will reduce abortion rates, emergency contraception may not be the solution…I told you so!!! Stumble It!