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Table 3 knowledge about emergency contraceptive utilization among female college students in Debre Tabor Town northwest Ethiopia, October 2017 (n = 456)

From: Assessment of emergency contraceptives utilization and associated factors among female college students at Debre Tabor town

Variables Frequency Percent
Methods reported as EC
 Oral contraceptive pills 88 19.3
 IUCD 15 3.3
 Injectable 25 5.5
 Condoms 52 11.4
 Norplant 9 2.0
 Withdrawal 24 5.3
 Calendar/rhythm 11 2.4
 All mentioned above 147 32.2
 I don’t know 88 18.6
Mechanism of action of pills as ECs
 Prevent ovulation 76 16.7
 Prevent fertilization 73 16.0
 Prevent implantation 28 6.1
 Induced abortion 19 4.2
 All mentioned above 82 18.0
 I don’t know 178 39.0
Can Ec cause early abortion?
 Yes 169 37.1
 No 287 62.9
When taken early, can EC prevent STI?
 Yes 175 38.4
 No 281 61.6
Where EC can be obtained?
 Pharmacy 47 10.3
 Governmental health institution 70 15.4
 Private clinics 22 4.8
 All mentioned above 237 52.0
 I don’t know 80 17.5
Recommended time to take EC pills?
 At any time 111 24.3
 Within 72 h 195 42.8
 Within 5 days after sex 59 12.9
 I don’t know 91 20.0
The recommended dose of pills & IUCD
respectively? 155 34.0
 One dose 91 20.0
 Two and above dose 18 3.9
 I don’t remember 192 42.1
 I don’t know 169 37.1
Recommended between doses of pills
 12 h apart 27 5.9
 48 h apart 89 19.5
 72 h apart 171 37.5
 I don’t know   
Recommended time for IUCD as EC
 Within 24 h after sex 54 11.8
 Within 48 h after sex 11 2.4
 Within 72 h after sex 39 8.6
 Within 5 days after sex 65 14.3
 I don’t know 287 62.9
Effectiveness of EC pills
 Very effective (99%) 145 31.8
 Effective (75%) 41 9.0
 Moderate (50%) 18 3.9
 Less effective (30%) 20 4.4
 I don’t know 232 50.9
Situation(s) that EC should be taken
 When forced to have sex 52 11.4
 If condom raptured during sex 27 5.9
 When there are missed pills 11 2.4
 When there is sex without a contraceptive 30 6.6
 All mentioned above 185 40.6
 I don’t know 151 33.1
Knowledge of EC (summary index)
 Good knowledge 207 45.4
 Poor knowledge 249 54.6
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