Advance provision of emergency contraception to young men: An exploratory study in a clinic setting

Samantha Garbers, D. L. Bell, K. Ogaye, Arik V Marcell, C. L. Westhoff, S. L. Rosenthal

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Purpose: To explore the acceptability of advance provision of emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) to young men seeking health care. Methods: For this exploratory study in a clinic setting, we approached young men aged 16–35 to participate in a survey eliciting socio-demographics, sexual and contraceptive history, and knowledge about ECPs. We offered young men advance provision of ECPs and compared characteristics of 126 young men who did and did not accept the ECPs. Results: Most (76%) of the participants accepted advance provision and left with an ECP pack, with even higher proportions among males whose sexual histories were suggestive of increased risk of involvement in an unintended pregnancy. Conclusions: This study holds promise to inform scale up of advance provision of ECPs among young men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018



  • Adolescent [MeSH]
  • Contraception, postcoital [MeSH]
  • Emergency contraception
  • Male [MeSH]
  • Sexual risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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