Uptake and adherence to long-acting reversible contraception post-abortion.Contraception 2010; 82(4):345-53C
This study aimed to increase use of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods by women post-abortion.
Ten-week intervention at a public abortion clinic involving free access to three LARC methods (DMPA, LNG-IUS, Multiload Cu375); posters promoting LARC; updated information for clinic staff.
change in the proportion of women choosing LARC prior to and during the intervention; rate of follow-up and method retention at 6 weeks and at 6 months post-abortion.
Use of post-abortion LARC increased significantly from 44% at baseline (226/510) to 61% (310/510) during the intervention (p<.001). Use of LNG-IUS increased almost sixfold from 6% to 36%. Follow-up rates were 71% at 6 weeks (221/310) and 74% at 6 months (184/249). Method retention was 89% at 6 weeks (197/221) and 86% at 6 months (159/184).
Uptake of LARC by women post-abortion can be achieved by increasing access to these methods - by eliminating cost and raising awareness and benefits of long-acting methods among both clinicians and patients.