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Comprehensive counseling about combined hormonal contraceptives changes the choice of contraceptive methods: results of the CHOICE program in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences.
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2011 (English)In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6349, E-ISSN 1600-0412, Vol. 90, no 8, 869-877 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective. To study the influence of counseling on women's contraceptive decisions. Design. A cross-sectional multicenter study. Setting. Seventy Swedish family planning clinics. Population. Women aged 15-40 years attending for a contraceptive consultation who expressed interest in a combined hormonal contraceptive (CHC) method. Methods. Structured counseling about three CHCs and questionnaires completed after counseling from the healthcare professional. Main Outcome Measures. Method originally requested, perceptions of CHC attributes, method chosen and reasons for the choice. Results. In all, 173 healthcare professionals and 1 944 women participated. The mean standard deviation (SD) age of the women was 22.6(6.1) years. After structured counseling, a majority of women (56.0%; n=1 069; 95% confidence interval (CI) 53.1-58.9) chose the daily pill, 6.2% (n=118; 95% CI 4.9-7.8) chose the weekly patch, and 22.5% ( n=430; 95% CI 20.2-25.1) chose the monthly ring. The weekly patch was chosen more often after counseling (6.2 vs 2.4% before counseling; p<0.0001). The greatest change was in the proportion of women who chose the contraceptive ring after counseling (22.5% vs. 8.5% before counseling; p<0.0001). The proportion of undecided women after counseling was reduced considerably (3.9% vs. 27.8% before counseling). Among the 523 women who were undecided before counseling, 50.6% chose the pill, 10.2% the patch and 24.6% the ring, while 20.9% of women who initially requested the pill changed to another method. Conclusions. Structured counseling facilitated choice of contraceptive method for most women, leading to changes in women's selection of a CHC method.

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2011. Vol. 90, no 8, 869-877 p.
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contraceptive counseling, combined hormonal contraception, contraceptive pill, contraceptive ring, contraceptive patch
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-157015DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0412.2011.01180.xISI: 000293151900010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-157015DiVA: diva2:434807
Available from: 2011-08-16 Created: 2011-08-15 Last updated: 2011-08-16Bibliographically approved

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