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Contraceptive Technology Update



  • 3D Contraceptive Ring Technology Holds Promise for HIV Prevention

    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.

  • Research Shows Need for Better Person-Centered Care

    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.

  • LARC Initiative for Teens Leads to 36% Decrease in Pregnancy Rate

    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.

  • Study: Family Planning Services Need Better Integration in Primary Care

    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.

  • Alabama Sees Surge in Congenital Syphilis Cases and Issues Health Alert

    A decade ago, Alabama saw only a few annual cases of congenital syphilis. But now the cases are spiking to record levels, including 42 cases in 2022, and possibly even more in 2023. This alarming trend caused the Alabama Department of Public Health to issue a health alert network message to providers and the public on July 18.

  • Clinicians Appear to Under-Screen, Under-Treat Patients with STIs

    Insurance claims data from tens of millions of outpatient cases of patients seeking treatment for lower genitourinary tract symptoms revealed testing for sexually transmitted infections occurred in only 17.6% of all episodes.

  • STI Epidemic Continues to Escalate in United States, CDC Data Show

    Syphilis rates surged in 2021, increasing by nearly one-third, and gonorrhea rates and chlamydia rates increased by close to 4%, according to the latest data on sexually transmitted infections.

  • Patients Desire Telemedicine for Abortion Care

    New research confirms previous studies in demonstrating the safety and efficacy of medication abortion pills. Studies also show there is strong desire for this option among people seeking an end to their pregnancy.

  • It May Be Ethical for Providers to Refuse to Comply with Abortion Laws

    What should providers do when state law conflicts with their ethical duty to preserve the health and life of a patient? Each provider and healthcare organization has been left to interpret their states’ laws with little guidance and precedence. Some hospitals are sued for not providing care when a pregnant patient’s life was in danger. In other cases, physicians are required to visit their employer’s legal office for permission to save patients’ health and lives. The authors of a new paper defend physician noncompliance with anti-abortion legislation, arguing physicians’ obligations to comply with the law are defeated when the law is illegitimate.

  • Study Finds Increased Risk of Depression with Use of Oral Contraceptives

    A population-based cohort study with data for more than 260,000 women revealed oral contraception use can increase the risk of depression, particularly during the first two years of its use. For adolescents, its use can increase later-in-life risk of depression, as well. Investigators said their results were consistent with a causal relationship between oral contraceptive use and depression.