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Australian women's experiences of the subdermal contraceptive implant: A qualitative perspective


Inoue, K and Kelly, M and Barratt, A and Bateson, D and Rutherford, A and Black, KI and Stewart, M and Richters, J, Australian women's experiences of the subdermal contraceptive implant: A qualitative perspective, Australian Family Physician, 45, (10) pp. 734-739. ISSN 0300-8495 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Background: The number of prescriptions for contraceptive implants has steadily increased in Australia, but implant use is still low.

Objectives: The objectives of the study were to describe women's nuanced responses, and characterise their multidimensional and complex reasons for (dis)continuing use of the contraceptive implant.

Method: A descriptive qualitative approach was used for this study. A larger qualitative study using in-depth, open-ended interviews, conducted in New South Wales between 2012 and 2013 with 94 women aged 16-49 years who had used contraception, included 10 interviews containing accounts of implant use. The 10 interviews were analysed thematically in the present study.

Results: The three main themes analysed from the 10 interviews were perceived benefits, undesirable experiences and perseverance.

Discussion: The participants were well informed about the benefits of the implant. Many persevered with it for a significant period of time before discontinuing it, despite experiencing side effects such as bleeding or mood changes. A decision to discontinue was often only made after an accumulation of multiple side effects.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:contraceptive implant, Australian women
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Inoue, K (Dr Kumiyo Inoue)
ID Code:111754
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-10-05
Last Modified:2018-02-07

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