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Postpartum Contraception in Women with GDM

Contraception; ePub 2016 Nov 14; Rosenthal, et al

Receiving contraception while admitted postpartum did not affect follow-up for women with gestational diabetes (GDM), a recent study found. Researchers performed a multivariate logistic regression to identify the association between immediate provision of postpartum contraception and attendance at the 6-week postpartum visits and performance of a 6 to 12 week oral glucose tolerance test, controlling for age, type of insurance, and race. They found:

  • Women who received contraception prior to hospital discharge were less likely to attend their postpartum visit (aOR, 0.59), but just as likely to participate in postpartum diabetes screening (aOR, 1.27).
  • Attendance at the postpartum visits was associated with private insurance (OR, 1.93).


Rosenthal EW, Easter SR, Morton-Eggleston EM, Dutton C, Zera C. Contraception and postpartum follow-up in patients with gestational diabetes. [Published online ahead of print November 14, 2016]. Contraception. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2016.11.001.