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3 October 2011

Sweden: Comprehensive counselling about combined hormonal contraceptives

This was a cross-sectional multicentre study, set in seventy Swedish family planning clinics, which aimed to study the influence of counselling on women's contraceptive decisions. From Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

19 July 2011

USA: Panel advises contraception coverage

A leading medical advisory panel has recommended that all insurers be required to cover contraceptives for women free of charge as one of several preventive services under the new health care law, the New York Times reports.

1 July 2011

USA: Immediate versus delayed IUD insertion after uterine aspiration

The authors note that intrauterine devices (IUDs) provide highly effective, reversible, long-term contraception that is appropriate for many women after first-trimester uterine aspiration. However, the effects of immediate versus delayed IUD insertion after uterine aspiration on rates of complications and IUD use are uncertain. From New England Journal of Medicine.

22 June 2011

Abortion and the over-forties: Why we shouldn’t be shocked

Commentary by Jennie Bristow, editor of Abortion Review.

23 May 2011

USA: Perceived and insurance-related barriers to the provision of contraceptive services

This analysis examines a range of factors that may act as barriers to integrating contraceptive and abortion services and documents abortion providers' perspectives on their role in their patients' contraceptive care. From Women's Health Issues.

4 May 2011

UK: Teenage pregnancies and contraceptive risk-taking

The analysis adds to a substantial body of qualitative research that points to the complexity of sexual decision-making for young women. From the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care.

21 February 2011

USA: Vote to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding

Republicans have voted to cut money for contraceptives, HIV tests, cancer screenings and reproductive health services as part of an attempt to weaken the abortion provider, the Huffington Post reports.

7 January 2011

UK: Small proportion of contraceptive implant failure makes headlines

The news that 584 women over 11 years have become pregnant while using Implanon sparked some consternation in the British media.

23 December 2010

UK: The cost-effectiveness of ulipristal acetate versus levonorgestrel 1.5 mg

The authors conclude that ulipristal acetate (UPA) is a cost-effective alternative to levonorgestrel 1.5 mg (LNG 1.5 mg) for women presenting up to 120 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse (UPSI). From Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care.

22 November 2010

UK: Oral contraceptives, reproductive history and risk of colorectal cancer

From the British Journal of Cancer.

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