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Contraception Use in Women with Medical Conditions

Is use optimal in this group?

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.