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Male access to emergency contraception in pharmacies: a mystery shopper survey

      Abstract

      Background

      Pharmacy access to emergency contraception (EC) could involve men in pregnancy prevention. The objectives were to assess the availability and cost of EC.

      Study Design

      Male mystery shoppers visited 158 pharmacies in three neighborhoods in New York City. They asked for EC and its cost and noted weekend hours.

      Results

      Twenty-two (73.3%) of 30 pharmacies created barriers to get EC. The cost of EC was higher in the higher-socioeconomic status (SES) neighborhood (p<.001), and the higher-SES neighborhood pharmacies had a greater number of weekend hours (p<.001).

      Conclusions

      Overall, males had a 20% probability of not being able to access EC. The national dialogue should include males.

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