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Back to school: College students need to study up on emergency contraception [Infographic]

(BPT) - A survey sponsored by Teva Women’s Health, Inc. has revealed 62% of sexually active U.S. college students surveyed are using contraception inconsistently, yet don’t know some of the most basic facts about over-the-counter (OTC) emergency contraception (EC). OTC EC helps prevent unintended pregnancy when used as directed within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure. The sooner it’s taken, the better it works.

“Considering 45% of pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended and some college students are reporting having sex without consistent, regular contraception use, it’s important they know how OTC EC works and where to get it if they need it,” said Dr. Justin Garcia, lead researcher for the survey at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University.

The survey of 3,600 male and female undergraduate and graduate students assessed students’ contraception use and attitudes about unintended pregnancy and revealed what demographic and lifestyle factors may contribute to their level of knowledge about OTC EC, or their “EC IQ.”

Do college students who identify as night owls have a higher EC IQ than their early-bird counterparts? The answer and some of the survey’s most interesting findings are in the infographic below. Learn more about OTC EC at Use as directed.

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