More women than ever are using emergency contraception pills otherwise known as morning-after pills according to a report released Feb. 14 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eleven percent of sexually active women between the ages of 15 and 44 had utilized emergency contraception in 2006 through 2010. This is up from 4.2 percent that was reported in 2002 and from less than 1 percent reported in 1995.
The report also showed that more of the younger women use the morning-after pill. About 1 in 4 sexually active women had used emergency contraception between the ages of 20 and 24. Nearly 50 percent of women admitted to using the morning-after pill because they had unprotected sex.
These emergency contraception pills should not be confused with "abortion pills" according to Beth Jordan Mynett who is the medical director of the Washington, D.C.-based Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. She told "USA Today":
"Emergency contraception does not cause an abortion. You take emergency contraception pills to largely prevent ovulation from happening. This is pregnancy prevention."
The study by The National Center for Health Statistic is based on answers given through in person interviews from 2006-2010 with 12,279 women. Of those women, 10,605 stated that they were sexually experienced. In 1998, the FDA approved emergency contraceptive pills (morning-after pills) to be used for up to five days after intercourse. Experts state that there are a lot of problems for widespread usage.
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