One-off lesson improves teenagers' knowledge of emergency contraception

A single lesson on emergency contraception, given by a trained teacher, improves teenagers knowledge of the correct time limits for using emergency contraception, finds a study in this weeks BMJ.

Researchers recruited 1,974 boys and 1,820 girls in year 10 (14-15 years old) from 24 mixed sex, state secondary schools in south west England.

Trained teachers gave pupils in 12 schools a single lesson on emergency contraception (intervention group). The pupils were actively involved during the lesson. Pupils in the other 12 schools did not receive the lesson until after the study (control group).

At six months, the proportion of pupils knowing the correct time limits for hormonal emergency contraception (72 hours) and for using the uterine device as emergency contraception (five days) was significantly higher in the intervention group than in the control group.

The lesson did not increase pupils sexual activity or use of emergency contraception. This is important, given the ongoing debate on the effects of sex education and the argument that promoting the use of contraception encourages sexual activity, say the authors.

The change in the pupils knowledge may not translate to a change in behaviour, as so many other factors undoubtedly play a role. However, educating teenagers on the time limits for use of emergency contraception after unprotected sex is more likely to have an impact on behaviour than, say, encouragement to use a condom, they conclude.


Contact: Emma Wilkinson
BMJ-British Medical Journal

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Study examines lessons learned at Africas first public antiretroviral treatment clinic
2. Special JAMA commentary on lessons learned from troubles with COX-2 inhibitors
3. Assessing the season: LSU hurricane experts learned lessons during Hurricane Season 2004
4. School PE lessons dont reflect kids activity levels
5. Elementary schools need a lesson in bathroom breaks
6. Few lessons are learnt from NHS inquiries
7. 9/11 has important lessons for mental health workers
8. Failures following HIV post-exposure prevention provide valuable lessons for warding off future infections
9. Hormonal treatment improves survival in high-risk prostate cancer patients
10. Growth hormone treatment improves symptoms of metabolic disorder in postmenopausal women
11. New substance that improves the photodetection of bladder cancer gains market approval

Post Your Comments:

(Date:2/13/2019)... ... February 13, 2019 , ... Following the longest federal government ... American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is warning that such shutdowns exacerbate the ... Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers. , “Even in typical circumstances, safety may be ...
(Date:2/13/2019)... , ... February 13, 2019 , ... ... 2019, at the company’s annual member conference, Elevate 2019 at the Gaylord Rockies ... staff and members to explore potential partnerships driving improved quality of patient care, ...
(Date:2/13/2019)... ... ... Castle announced today that it has raised $9.2M in Series A funding ... First Round and F-Prime Capital Partners . Angel investors joining the ... Alto Networks, and Olivier Pomel, CEO at Datadog. This round brings the company’s total ...
(Date:2/13/2019)... ... February 13, 2019 , ... Dr. Jig Patel and the ... Merchant, an exceptionally talented and knowledgeable dentist from St. Louis, MO, to ... techniques, such as CEREC same-day dentistry, root canals and emergency treatment. Dr. Patel, Dr. ...
(Date:2/13/2019)... ... 2019 , ... Surgery that moves both jaws forward – known as maxillomandibular ... (OSA), resulting in benefits that include improved breathing, daytime wakefulness and quality of life, ... should be regarded as the preferred treatment for patients with moderate to severe OSA ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/13/2019)... ... February 13, 2019 , ... The Louisville Men’s Clinic has ... of 2013 and, to date, has been visited by over 20,000 men suffering ... 90% success rate, The Louisville Men’s Clinic prides itself on being on the ...
(Date:2/13/2019)... , ... February 13, 2019 , ... ... innovation expert, will deliver the keynote speech on Wednesday, May 8, at its ... May 6-8 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, and ...
(Date:2/13/2019)... ... February 13, 2019 , ... IMAT Solutions, a ... is launching IMAT 8.0, its latest health data platform, at HIMSS 2019. , ... interface and dynamic single-query builder, IMAT 8.0 allows HIEs, payers, hospitals, clinics, and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: