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Contraceptive Technology Update – May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020

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  • COVID-19 Shuts Down Nation; Family Planning Need Not Stop

    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of American life, including nonemergency doctor visits. But from a family reproductive health point of view, the consequences of weeks of social distancing and quarantines can present new challenges.

  • How Providers Can Weather the Pandemic

    As pandemic messaging moves from containment to mitigation to recovery, national experts are giving healthcare providers tips on how to weather the storm.

  • Title X Problems Worsen with Recent Court Decision

    The recent Title X changes have proven devastating to women depending on family planning centers for their reproductive healthcare needs. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upheld the Trump administration’s gag rule that prohibits Title X providers from referring patients for abortion care or even answering questions about abortion.

  • Title X Final Rule Is Troubling for Providers

    The recent Title X changes enacted by the Trump administration are creating major ethical dilemmas and operational challenges for family planning and reproductive health clinics nationwide.

  • Rheumatology Association Issues Its First Reproductive Health Guidelines

    The 2020 Guideline for the Management of Reproductive Health in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases is the first set of evidence-based recommendations regarding contraception and other reproductive health issues from the American College of Rheumatology.

  • Contraceptive Access Issues Require a Different Kind of Understanding

    Contraceptive access initiatives often have focused on long-acting contraceptive methods, such as intrauterine devices and implants. These initiatives analyzed provider-level and financial access barriers to contraceptive methods. But this way of thinking has changed. Family planning experts now are examining access issues within a person-centered contraceptive care framework. This framework conceptualizes access according to what individual women want in contraceptives — not just around what they can afford and what is available.

  • Study Examines Failed Self-Managed Abortions in Texas

    A recent study revealed that nearly 7% of women seeking abortion services at Texas facilities in 2012 and 2014 reported they had attempted to self-manage their abortion before visiting the clinic. In states like Texas, where most abortion clinics closed because of restrictive state laws, accessing an abortion clinic is challenging. Barriers to safe and legal abortions appeared to be associated with women attempting self-management of abortion.