From request to dispensation: how adolescent and young adult females experience access to emergency contraception in pharmacies.

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Title
From request to dispensation: how adolescent and young adult females experience access to emergency contraception in pharmacies.
Journal
The European journal of contraception & reproductive health care
Author(s)
Barrense-Dias Y., Stadelmann S., Suris J.C., Akre C.
ISSN
1473-0782 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
1362-5187
Publication state
Published
Issued date
10/2022
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
27
Number
5
Pages
403-408
Language
english
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Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
Emergency contraception (EC) access was liberalised in 2002 in Switzerland by making it accessible in pharmacies without medical prescription. However, its dispensation still requires a confidential interview with a pharmacist. This qualitative study aims to explore experiences of adolescent and young adult (AYA) females who have gone to a pharmacy in order to obtain EC.
Thirty interviews were conducted from April to August 2019 with females aged between 15 and 25 years old at the interview. Inclusion criteria was to have requested at least one EC in a pharmacy between 2014 and 2019. A thematic content analysis was performed to extract themes brought up by the participants.
Some participants reported that the most difficult moment in the process was the request at the counter. The majority of participants were escorted in a private back room but opinions were divided regarding this isolation. Experiences were sometimes negative due to lack of information and knowledge regarding the dispensation process. The interview also has also a preventive aim, but the information given during it often focussed solely on the risk of vomiting. Several participants reported having perceived or received moral judgements from pharmacists.
Pharmacists are key resources and EC dispensation an opportunity for sexual health. This exploratory study presents several elements requiring the adaptation of practices in order to prevent them from becoming barriers for AYA to access EC. Concerns are regularly expressed by young women about privacy, embarrassment and judgement in the pharmacy context regarding contraception.
Keywords
Adolescent, Adult, Contraception Behavior, Contraception, Postcoital, Female, Health Services Accessibility, Humans, Pharmacies, Pharmacists, Young Adult, AYA, Adolescents, emergency contraception, interview, morning-after pill, pharmacy, qualitative study young adults
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