Morning-after pill use up to 1 in 9 younger women

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Associated Press

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A government report says an increasing number of women are using the morning-after pill after sex. The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the first by the government to focus on emergency contraception since the approval of the morning-after pill 15 years ago.

Eleven percent of females ages 15 to 44 who'd had sex say they've used the morning-after pill. That's up from 4 percent in 2002.

In the study, half the women who used the pills said they did it because they'd had unprotected sex. Others said the condom broke or they were worried that the birth control method they used had failed.

And the study says white women and more educated women use it the most.

Experts say the increased popularity of the morning-after pill is probably because it's easier to get now and because of media coverage of controversial efforts to lift the age limit for over-the-counter sales. A prescription is still required for those younger than 17 so it is still sold from behind pharmacy counters.

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APPHOTO GFX408: HOLD FOR RELEASE 12:01 EST THURSDAY; chart shows frequency of use of emergency contraception1 (13 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO NY553: This undated image made available by Teva Women's Health shows the packaging for their Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) tablet, one of the brands known as the "morning-after pill." About 1 in 9 younger women who've had sex have taken the morning-after pill, according to the first government report to focus on use of emergency contraception since it was approved in 1998. At least five versions of the morning-after pills are sold in the United States. The results of the study were released Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (AP Photo/Teva Women's Health) (13 Feb 2013)

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