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Table 2 Participants awareness and knowledge about emergency contraception

From: Pre-service knowledge, perception, and use of emergency contraception among future healthcare providers in northern Ghana

Knowledge variables Number Percent
Ever heard of EC
 Yes 166 86.91
 No 25 13.09
When did you first hear about EC (n = 166)
 Less than 6 months ago 34 20.48
 6 months to 3 years ago 89 53.61
 over 3 years ago 43 25.90
Source of information about EC (n = 166)
 Friends 40 24.10
 Family members 12 7.23
 Health care provider 88 53.01
 Media 26 15.66
Measures can be taken to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex
 Yes 165 86.39
 No 11 5.76
 Don’t Know 15 7.85
When is it appropriate to use EC
 After unprotected sex 161 84.29
 To abort an unwanted pregnancy 6 3.14
 As an ongoing contraceptive 9 4.71
 Don’t Know 15 7.85
Time appropriate to use ECP
 Within 72–120 h of unprotected sex 153 80.10
 More than 120 h of unprotected sex 17 8.90
 Don’t Know 21 10.99
When is an IUD effective as an emergency contraceptive
 Only within 72 h of unprotected sex 70 36.65
 Within 5 days of unprotected sex 16 8.38
 Don’t Know 105 54.97
EC is an early method for abortion
 Yes 30 15.71
 No 136 71.20
 Don’t Know 25 13.09