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Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives

Title: Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives: An Educational Tool to Improve Awareness.
Name(s): Adams, Tracy, author
Greenhalgh, Jolynn, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Working Paper
Date Issued: 2018-04-06
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Purpose: The aim of this study was to increase awareness of contraceptive methods and measure the likelihood that participants request a more effective method, including long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), than they are currently using. Methods: This project was a quazi-experimental, cross-sectional designed study. The intervention consisted of one-on-one time with an experienced family planning nurse using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Effectiveness of Family Planning Methods” handout as a teaching tool (CDC, 2017). A post-survey measured how likely women were to ask about more effective contraceptives including LARC. Results: Data was collected over a four day period, resulting in 17 participants. Six women (35.3%) were using no method. Post intervention, three (50%) stated they would talk with their practitioner about a more or most effective method of birth control. Three women were using a less effective method. One hundred percent of these women were likely to ask about most effective methods. Five participants (29.4%) were using a moderately effective method. Three of these five (60%) were interested in a most effective method. Three participants (17.6%) were already using a most effective method. Discussion: Nine of the 17 participants (52.9%) were likely to ask their practitioner about LARC. This demonstrates a positive correlation between contraceptive education and increased interest in LARC. Conclusion: LARC family planning methods, although proven safe and effective methods of birth control, are underutilized in the United States. When provided education on all available methods, women are better equipped to choose a method that not only fits their lifestyle, but also offers a high level of efficacy. More research with larger numbers of study participants is needed to determine best practices for improving LARC usage in the United States.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1524061692_aea16f4e (IID)
Keywords: Long-acting reversible contraception, LARC
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Host Institution: FSU

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Adams, T., & Greenhalgh, J. (2018). Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives: An Educational Tool to Improve Awareness. Retrieved from