Despite the safety and efficacy of the intrauterine device (IUD) and the reduction of cost barriers since the Affordable Care Act, only about 12% of American women use that method of contraception. Research shows that the women most likely to use an IUD or implant are ages 25 to 34 years, were born outside of the United States, live in a Western state, and report their religious affiliation as “other."
Although access to training in medical and surgical abortion has improved over the decades, barriers still prevent some new physicians from obtaining the training, according to the authors of a recent study.
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed hardships on women seeking contraceptives and abortion care worldwide. It has been particularly deleterious to vulnerable populations. A shadow pandemic has developed of reproductive health disparities and more barriers to contraception.
Agency revokes EUA for those without negative pressure design
October 1, 2020
Citing increased risk to healthcare workers and patients, the Food and Drug Administration has revoked emergency use authorization for barrier enclosure devices that cover a COVID-19 patient’s head and upper body during aerosol‐generating procedures such as tracheal intubation.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down in-person social life across the world, digital solutions in healthcare exploded in use. Healthcare providers found that some patients struggled with digital health literacy.
In a model based on a national survey of 2,539 reproductive-age women in the United States, an over-the-counter, progestin-only contraceptive pill would appeal to 12.5 million adults and 1.75 million teens, assuming there were no out-of-pocket costs.