Contraceptive Technology Update – October 1, 2023
October 1, 2023
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There is a growing need for primary care providers to integrate family planning services into their practices, particularly in rural areas and other places where there is no access to OB/GYNs and family planning centers.
A 2016 Kaiser Permanente Northern California initiative improved adolescent access to a long-acting reversible contraceptive through patient education resources, protocols, and insertion training for pediatric, family medicine, and gynecology providers.
Reproductive healthcare is moving toward a more holistic understanding of reproductive autonomy. It is no longer just about pregnancy intention. As a new study shows, a better goal is to provide a nondirective conversation about the patient’s desire to parent and to assess how important it is for them to prevent pregnancy.
The results of recent research suggest it is possible that women could have access to an intravaginal ring that can serve both as a contraceptive and as HIV prevention. The ring would be created through 3D printing technology. So far, it has been tested for safety in sheep, and it could be several years before clinical trials are underway.