Learning Objective 1: know data about emergency contraception believes as well as its consumption in a group of urban, undergraduate nursing students.
Learning Objective 2: consider the data presented in order of implementing new contraceptive counselling strategies.
Purpose: To identify the knowledge about the emergency contraception pill as well as its consumption in Mexican undergraduate nursing students
Methods: Data were obtained through a ten item survey in 219 female undergraduate nursing students from the city of Leon, Mexico (freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior were included). The survey was designed to explore 1) knowledge about the emergency contraception (EC) method according to scientific literature and 2) consumption of the EC pill by the respondents. All surveys were anonymous and information was treated ethically.
Results: Mean age of respondents was 19.6 ± 2.4 years. 100% answered to have listened about the pill, while 22.3% out of the total have consumed it; from this group of consumers 45% knew about the pill by the media; 87.7% knows the accurate period of time for effectiveness, 47% knows the pill’s active principle; 32.6% considers that the pill causes micro-abortion, 85.7% knows about adverse effects and 95.9% identifies EC as a non-regular method.
Conclusion: Most of the nursing students that have consumed the EC pill are well informed regarding to: adverse effects, accurate period of time for effectiveness and about that EC is not a regular contraception method. It is necessary to obtain information in another young female population not involved in the healthcare area, not only for comparison with our results but also for detecting groups where educational interventions could be implemented.