EC access in Brazil: old barriers and new access strategies

A recent study in Brazil compared two strategies of access to EC and their relationship to the use of EC and regular use of contraceptives. Women age 18 to 49 who attended reproductive health clinics from six Brazilian towns were recruited. These women were randomly placed into either a group getting information about EC or in a group getting information and advanced supply of EC. The study found that the advance supply group tended to use EC more often, sooner after unprotected sexual intercourse, and experienced an increase in regular use of contraceptives compared to the group of women who just received information. This study concluded that advance deliver improved access to and use of EC, and did not reduce the regular use of other contraceptives.