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Emergency contraception: User’s profile and impact on attitudes and contraceptive behaviour
Project funded by own resources
Project title Emergency contraception: User’s profile and impact on attitudes and contraceptive behaviour
Principal Investigator(s) Hersberger, Kurt
Co-Investigator(s) Arnet, Isabelle
Bitzer, Johannes
Zemp Stutz, Elisabeth
Organisation / Research unit Departement Pharmazeutische Wissenschaften / Pharmaceutical Care (Hersberger)
Project start 01.01.2003
Probable end 31.12.2011
Status Completed


An increasing number of women know Emergency Contraception (EC) as a method to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse. Levonorgestrel-only pills are safe and show minimal adverse effects. Studies show controversial results regarding protective behaviour and sexually transmitted infections (STI). Some studies show that EC does not increase rates of sexually transmitted infections, encourage adoption of less reliable contraceptive methods, or otherwise negatively impact sexual and reproductive health. Others showed that EC users have more current or previous STIs. The number of abortions, however, is not yet influenced by dispensing EC through community pharmacies or in advance.


  • to collect information about the quality of consultation and EC users’ satisfaction in different provider settings (pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory gynaecologists)
  • to assess the profile of the women in the Basel region, who make use of EC and in which situations EC is requested; with a sub analysis of migrant women.
Financed by Other funds

Published results ()

  ID Autor(en) Titel ISSN / ISBN Erschienen in Art der Publikation
1023300  Franz, E.; Frey Tirri, B.; Arnet, I.  Neue Möglichkeit der hormonellen Notfallkontrazeption  1611-8785 ; 1661-8785  PharmaJournal  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
107284  Arnet, Isabelle; Frey Tirri, Brigitte; Zemp Stutz, Elisabeth; Bitzer, Johannes; Hersberger, Kurt E.  Emergency hormonal contraception in Switzerland: a comparison of the user profile before and three years after deregulation  1362-5187  European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 

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