Agnes Adjamagbo, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)
Pierrette Aguessy Koné, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)

Since 2004 the European Commission is financing a comparative study on Emergency Contraception in Africa in 4 capitals of Africa: The main objective is to examine whether EC may complement or replace other medical contraceptives in African context. In this paper we concentrate on Dakar’s data. We study the situations in which the use of EC is particularly adapted, and the specific obstacles to its use. Data consist on in-depth interviews conducted with 50 women, 25 men, aged 18-40, users and non-users of EC. The sample includes sociodemographic characteristics: social class, level of education, marital status. We postulate that contraceptive failure is embedded in the articulation of conflicting social logics which depend simultaneously on reproductive and sexual norms and gender relations. Preliminary results show that contraceptive failures occur in specific situations and that the use of EC is influenced by pre-existing experience of modern contraception and beliefs associated to it.

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Presented in Poster Session 1: Reproductive health, HIV-AIDS, poverty and gender