Morning After Pill No Remedy for Teenage Pregnancy 18 April 2007

The hope among birth control experts that easy access to the morning after pill would reduce unplanned pregnancies has taken a knock from research showing that it makes no difference. A Johns Hopkins School of Public Health review of eight studies showed that women who kept a supply of the pills at home used them more but had the same overall pregnancy rates as those who purchased the pills as they saw the need.
Experts took some comfort from evidence in the studies that having the morning after pill handy did not increase “negative sexual behaviours” — having “unprotected sex” or using less reliable methods of contraception. Three of the studies had looked at infection rates and these showed no increase.