Contraceptive use was not optimal among women with medical conditions, despite the potential for serious maternal and fetal pregnancy-associated risks. This according to a study of 44,523 women aged 15 to 44 years. Researchers found:
• A low proportion of women with medical conditions were using sterilization or reversible prescription methods (45% and 30% of women, aged 15 to 34 and 35 to 44 years, respectively), and this proportion was consistently lower among the older age group across all medical conditions.
• Sterilization and long-acting reversible contraceptives were used less frequently than shorter acting methods across both age groups.
Citation: Champaloux SW, Tepper NK, Curtis KM, et al. Contraceptive use among women with medical conditions in a nationwide privately insured population. [Published online ahead of print November 5, 2015]. Obstet Gynecol. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001134.