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Monthly archive: January 2012

31 January 2012

UK: Contraception in obese older women

The authors note that the prevalence of obesity and the high rates of contraceptive use amongst older women mean that any increase in associated risk is likely to be of public health concern. From Maturitas.

30 January 2012

Australia: Intracervical procedures and the risk of subsequent very preterm birth

Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

26 January 2012

USA: How women anticipate coping after an abortion

From Contraception.

26 January 2012

UK: Shadow health minister resigns from abortion consultation

Diane Abbott has resigned from a cross-party group on counselling given to pregnant women by abortion providers, criticising it as a "front" for those who want it outlawed, BBC News Online reports.

24 January 2012

USA: Using a simulated patient to assess referral for abortion services

The objective of this study was to determine the quality and quantity of referrals for abortion services from reproductive health care facilities that do not provide abortion services. From Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care.

24 January 2012

UK: Abortion counselling reform back on the agenda

The Government is pressing ahead with changes that could see women considering abortion given the right to 'independent counselling' - despite publicly backing down last year, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

23 January 2012

Israel: Pre-emptive effect of ibuprofen versus placebo on medical abortion

This study set out to determine the efficacy of pre-emptive administration of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) ibuprofen vs. a placebo on pain relief during medical abortion and to evaluate whether NSAIDs interfere with the action of misoprostol. From Fertility and Sterility.

23 January 2012

UK: Advertising rules allow private abortion clinics to advertise

Private clinics that charge for pregnancy services including abortions will be able to advertise on television and radio under new rules.

22 January 2012

UK: To meta-analyse or not to meta-analyse: abortion, birth and mental health

The authors argue that to further improve the mental health outcomes associated with an unwanted pregnancy we should focus practice and research on the individual needs of women with an unwanted pregnancy, rather than how the pregnancy is resolved. From British Journal of Psychiatry.

20 January 2012

New Zealand: Impact of long-acting reversible contraception on return for repeat abortion

The objective of the study was to determine the rate of return for repeat abortion in relation to postabortion contraceptive method choice 24 months onward from an intervention study. From American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.