Young women prefer Pill over LARCs

Young women still prefer to take the oral contraceptive Pill, despite a push by the DoH to increase the uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), a UK study has found.

For the study, in-depth interviews were carried out with 20 women from the east coast of Scotland.

Overall, the women reported that they were generally aware of LARCs, but put off by friends’ negative experiences of the methods and the expectation of changes in their bleeding pattern or weight gain.

The women also said that they like the fact that they are in control of Pill administration, and that the Pill gives them regular and predictable bleeds.

Lead researcher Dr Lisa Williamson, from the public health unit in Glasgow, said that efforts to promote LARC use have to recognise and address young women’s possible distrust and dislike of the methods.

J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care 2009; 35:167-172

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