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Demographic and pregnancy‐related predictors of postnatal contraception uptake: A cross‐sectional study

Moffat, Malcolm, Jackowich, Robyn ORCID:, Möller‐Christensen, Christine, Sullivan, Claire and Rankin, Judith 2024. Demographic and pregnancy‐related predictors of postnatal contraception uptake: A cross‐sectional study. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 10.1111/1471-0528.17821

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Objective: To examine the uptake of postnatal contraception (PNC) and experiences of PNC care across a geographical region of England. Design: Cross‐sectional online survey. Setting: The North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS). Population: Women who had completed a pregnancy in the previous 3 years. Methods: The uptake of PNC by accessed method(s) and the availability of preferred method(s) is described, and adjusted odds ratios are reported for group differences in uptake by characteristics of interest. Main outcome measures: Uptake of medically prescribed/administered contraception and uptake of long‐acting reversible contraception (LARC) during the postnatal period, and access to preferred PNC methods. Results: Although almost half of respondents (47.1%; n = 1178) reinitiated some form of sexual activity during the postnatal period, only 38.7% (n = 969) of respondents accessed a medically prescribed/administered contraceptive method postnatally, and only 15.5% (n = 389) of respondents accessed a LARC. It is a matter of concern that 18.8% (n = 451) of respondents indicated that they were unable to access their preferred PNC. In multivariate analysis, younger age, lower household income, higher multiparity, operative delivery, unplanned pregnancy and not breastfeeding were significant predictors of higher PNC uptake. Conclusions: The uptake of PNC in this cohort was low, with almost a fifth of women unable to access their preferred method. However, there was some evidence that women belonging to groups perceived to be at risk of rapid repeat pregnancy were more likely to access reliable PNC methods.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Psychology
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Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1470-0328
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 April 2024
Date of Acceptance: 22 March 2024
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2024 13:30

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