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

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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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The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2016

Official URL: http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2016/october/australia...

Abstract

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

OBJECTIVE: 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.

METHODS: 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:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Public Health and Health Services 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
Author:Inoue, K (Dr Kumiyo Inoue)
ID Code:111754
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-10-05
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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