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Contraceptive Use in Women with PDS

Contraception; ePub 2017 Sep 25; Lawley, et al

A large percentage of US women reporting postpartum depressive symptoms (PDS) are either not using contraception or using less effective user-dependent methods, a recent study found. Data were evaluated from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, 2009-2011, and included 16,357 postpartum women. Contraceptive use was categorized as permanent, long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), user-dependent hormonal, and user-dependent non-hormonal. Researchers found:

  • 12.3% of women with a recent live birth reported PDS.
  • Large percentages of women with (69.4%) and without (76.1%) PDS used user-dependent or no contraceptive method.
  • There were no associations between PDS and use of any postpartum contraception or permanent contraception.
  • LARC use was evaluated, but not significantly, among women with PDS vs those without.

Citation:

Lawley ME, Haddad L, Burley K, Farr SL. Use of contraception among U.S. women reporting postpartum depressive symptoms, Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System 2009-2011. [Published online ahead of print September 25, 2017]. Contraception. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2017.09.009.