March 30, 2019

PMA Agile-YRDSS: Emergency Contraception Use in Cote d'Ivoire

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PMA Agile and the Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien-Etre Familial (AIBEF) conducted the Youth Respondent-Driven Sampling Study (YRDSS) among unmarried youth aged 15 to 24 years living in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire using respondent-driven sampling (RDS) methodology, a chain-based, peer-to-peer recruitment method. The study found that among contraceptive users, approximately one-fifth (19.0%) reported using emergency contraception (EC) as a current method. Among male contraceptive users, 5.8% reported using EC and among female
contraceptive users, 31.8% reported using EC. Emergency contraception is available over the counter for a low cost, and the discretion afforded by not seeing a healthcare provider may be appealing to youth contraceptive users.

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