The experiences of women with learning disabilities on contraception choice

Walmsley, Jan; Earle, Sarah; Tilley, Elizabeth; Ledger, Susan; Chapman, Rohss and Townson, Lou (2016). The experiences of women with learning disabilities on contraception choice. Primary Health Care, 26(9) pp. 28–32.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.7748/phc.2016.e1139

Abstract

A team from the Open University interviewed women with learning disabilities on their experiences of making decisions about contraception. The research revealed that many women used contraception to manage menstruation, some did not know the medication they were using to manage menstruation was a contraceptive and most lacked sufficient information to make informed choices about contraception. Women were often persuaded by others to start using a particular contraceptive. Health professionals need to be proactive in providing education, information and advice, and in ensuring that contraceptive use is reviewed regularly.

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