On the eve of the 7 e World Contraception Day, which will take place on September 26, the laboratory HRA Pharma, pioneer of contraception emergency, published a study on women's perception of the morning after pill. And the received ideas have the hard skin ... Caroline Langlois
A feeling of shame
This study, conducted by the BVA institute with 2,415 women aged 16 to 45, tells us first of all that 31% fertile women, whatever their age or socio-professional status, have had at least one report "at risk of pregnancy" in the last 12 months, or about 2.5 million French women. Of these, only 20% would use the morning after pill. And yet, emergency contraception is known! Therefore, why 8 out of 10 women do not use this solution? And this is where the study is surprising: despite all the prevention campaigns, many misconceptions persist on this pill, engendering a feeling of mistrust, even shame (mentioned by 20% of the women interviewed, all the same!) with respect to this emergency contraception.
Thus, 30% of women admit they do not know very well how it works and 26% even think that it is an abortion pill! "This is absolutely not the case, insists Christian Jamin, gynecologist-endocrinologist.The morning after pill allows to shift the time of ovulation by five days.This period corresponds to the life span of spermatozoa. It is not a question of interrupting a pregnancy, but of preventing fertilization. And if women are often advised not to resort to this solution too often, it is because it is not systematic enough effective, and not because it is dangerous, insists the doctor.
Another postulate that blew the gynecologist to the ceiling: the idea that the morning after pill denotes a "irresponsibility women face their contraception." "No one, if it is required to take 8000 tablets (average number of contraceptive pills taken by a woman during her life, Ed), can not say she will never forget once! The contraceptive hiatus is inevitable in the course of life! "
Therefore, according to Dr. Jamin, it is the doctor's responsibility to propose what he prefers to call "catch-up contraception" to his patient upstream, to avoid the emergency situation. The gynecologist goes further "we must prescribe to women what I call a" global contraception ", that is to say a contraceptive (pill, IUD, ring, etc.) and a pill the next day.It's the survival kit! Otherwise, it's like selling a car without a seatbelt, because there are brakes! "
93% of the women surveyed think that the morning-after pill should be the subject of more than information, but only 27% have already approached the issue with their GP or gynecologist, if only to remind, in passing, that emergency contraception does not make sterile, contrary to what think still 8% of the women interviewed ...