Scheduling a visit 2-3 weeks after delivery is not associated with increased long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) initiation when compared with a 6-week postpartum visit, a recent study found. The study evaluated LARC initiation, specifically an intrauterine device (IUD) or contraceptive implant, at the postpartum visits between women scheduled for follow-up at 6 weeks and 2-3 week after delivery. Researchers found:
- 512 women met eligibility criteria between December 2014 and November 2015.
- LARC initiation rates at the postpartum visit were lower in the 2-3 week compared with the 6-week group.
- More women completed a scheduled 2- to 3-week postpartum visit compared with a 6-week visit.
- Deferral of any contraception initiation was higher in the 2- to 3-week group vs the 6-week group.
Chen MJ, Hou MY, Hsia JK, Cansino CD, Melo J, Creinin MD. Long-acting reversible contraception initiation with a 2- to 3-week compared with a 6-week postpartum visit. [Published online ahead of print September 5, 2017]. Obstet Gynecol. doi:10.1097/AOG.0000000000002246.