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Articles Tagged With: LARC

  • Adolescents with HIV Experience High Rates of Unintended Pregnancies

    Adolescents living with HIV in the United States are among the groups with the highest rates of adolescent pregnancy. The latest research shows these pregnancies are likely to be unintended. Researchers found 83.6% of pregnancies among HIV-infected adolescents were unintended. Among adult women with HIV in this study, 68.7% experienced unintended pregnancy.

  • Ask Women if They Use More than One Contraceptive Method

    Nearly one out of five women used two or more methods of contraception the last time they had sexual intercourse, researchers found. Specifically, 18% of women ages 15 to 44 years who had used some form of contraception at last intercourse said they used two or more methods. Condoms and another method were the most commonly used method among dual users (58%). But women also reported using the withdrawal method, or a long-acting reversible contraceptive and another method that did not include condoms or withdrawal.
  • SAFE Intervention Brings Reproductive Health Services to Women in Treatment

    Women with opioid use disorder may avoid visiting a family planning clinic or seeing a physician for contraceptive care and counseling because of their fear of stigma and judgment. The Sex and Female Empowerment (SAFE) intervention helps this at-risk group receive evidence-based contraceptive information safely and without risk of stigma.
  • Study: Contraception Program for Incarcerated Women Can Prevent Pregnancies

    An estimated 5% of women in jails are pregnant, and human rights groups and researchers have collected evidence that these women often receive poor care and are neglected. One solution is to provide contraceptive care to incarcerated women who would like to avoid pregnancy.

  • Clinicians Can Help Reduce Stigma Around Substance Use Disorder

    Stigma is a major barrier to women with substance use disorder receiving reproductive healthcare and contraceptives. Clinicians should ask women, including those with substance use disorder, about their goals, values, and what they find most important in contraception.

  • Model Contraceptive Program Increased LARC Access Among Title X Clients

    The Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate led to an increase in injectable contraceptives, but did not help improve access to long-acting, reversible contraceptives, research revealed.

  • Revamping the Daily Pill: Research to Begin on Monthly Pill

    Although lowering side effects plays an important role in oral contraceptive compliance, one of the biggest challenges for patients is adhering to the daily schedule of the pill. Forgetting one to three pills per cycle is a frequent problem among 15-51% of users, particularly among adolescents. Lyndra Therapeutics has received a $13 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is setting out to remove the daily pill compliance challenge. The company is in early development of a monthly oral contraceptive to provide women with a discreet, noninvasive, reversible contraception option.

  • LARC Contraceptives: Remove the Barriers

    Despite guidance stating that a patient should be offered the option to begin her chosen long-acting reversible contraception birth control method at the time of the office visit rather than waiting for her next period or returning for another appointment, just 29% of clinicians say they provide same-day placement.

  • Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Progress Made, but Challenges Remain

    In 2002, just 2.4% of U.S. women using birth control were using long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods, such as the intrauterine device or the contraceptive implant. By 2014, about 14% of women using birth control reported LARC use.

  • Check Your Clinical Practice for LARC Methods

    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recognizes immediate postpartum placement of either the intrauterine device or the contraceptive implant as a best practice because of the long-acting reversible contraceptive methods’ role in preventing rapid repeat and unintended pregnancy