Study Examines Impact of Intimate Partner Violence on Reproductive Decision-Making
Women who are victims of intimate partnership violence are significantly less likely to use contraception after their most recent delivery, according to an AHRQ-funded study. The study said this is particularly true with Hispanic women who did not receive prenatal birth control counseling. Investigators used a population-based surveillance system to analyze data on more than 193,000 women in the United States with live births between 2004 and 2008. Study analyses revealed that approximately 6.2 percent of women reported intimate partner violence and 15.5 percent reported no postpartum contraceptive use. Researchers advised health providers to educate women on effective contraceptive options. In addition, the researchers recommended that providers talk with women, within the context of abusive relationships, about long-acting reversible contraceptives that do not depend on the cooperation of their partners. The study and abstract, “Intimate Partner Violence and Postpartum Contraceptive Use: The Role of Race/Ethnicity and Prenatal Birth Control Counseling,” were published in the April 29 issue of the journalContraception.
Contraception. 2015 Apr 29. pii: S0010-7824(15)00172-9. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2015.04.009. [Epub ahead of print]
Intimate partner violence and postpartum contraceptive use: the role of race/ethnicity and prenatal birth control counseling.
Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.
Birth control; Contraception; Family planning; Intimate partner violence; PRAMS
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